Empirical Economics

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 23–60 | Cite as

Does apprenticeship improve job opportunities? A regression discontinuity approach

  • Matteo PicchioEmail author
  • Stefano Staffolani


In Italy the main difference between apprentices and other types of temporary workers is that apprentices must receive firm-provided training. The firm incentive in hiring apprentices consists in paying lower wages and labour taxes. Using an Italian administrative dataset containing information on the jobs started between January 2009 and June 2012, we estimate the effect of apprenticeship on the hazard function to a permanent job. Identification is based on a regression discontinuity design. We find that, for 29-year-old workers, apprenticeships are “long entrance halls” towards permanent contracts, especially within the firm where the apprenticeship is performed.


Apprenticeship Temporary work Permanent work Regression discontinuity design Hazard function 

JEL Classification

C36 C41 J24 J41 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and Social SciencesMarche Polytechnic UniversityAnconaItaly
  2. 2.SherppaGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3.IZABonnGermany

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