Why Do Temporary Help Firms Provide Free General Skills Training ?

  title={Why Do Temporary Help Firms Provide Free General Skills Training ?},
  author={David H. Autor},
Nominally free, unrestricted training in portable computer skills is offered by the majority of U.S. temporary help supply (THS) establishments, a practice that is inconsistent with the competitive model of training. This paper asks why temporary help firms provide free general skills training. The answer proposed is that in addition to skills formation, training plays an informational role at THS firms by eliciting private information about worker ability. The model is built on the premise… CONTINUE READING

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