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Table 3 How high would fair apprentice pay be? (Excluding firm training expenditures)

From: Return on investment of apprenticeship systems for enterprises: Evidence from cost-benefit analyses

Mechanic in metalworking industry (4-year apprenticeship) 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
Time in firm (i.e., not in vocational school) 0.65 (0.04) 0.68 (0.06) 0.76 (0.08) 0.77 (0.06)
Share of productive work while in firm 0.57 (0.02) 0.72 (0.19) 0.85 (0.14) 0.90 (0.09)
Productivity in skilled tasks compared to skilled worker 0.20 (0.15) 0.47 (0.16) 0.63 (0.13) 0.81 (0.09)
Fair apprentice pay in relation to skilled worker pay (ignoring firm’s training costs) 0.08 (0.08) 0.22 (0.12) 0.39 (0.12) 0.50 (0.10)
Cook (3-year apprenticeship) 1st year 2nd year 3rd year  
Time in firm (i.e., not in vocational school) 0.79 (0.06) 0.81 (0.03) 0.81 (0.03)  
Share of productive work while in firm 0.77 (0.13) 0.86 (0.08) 0.84 (0.10)  
Productivity in skilled tasks compared to skilled worker 0.40 (0.20) 0.60 (0.16) 0.80 (0.12)  
Fair apprentice pay in relation to skilled worker pay (ignoring firm’s training costs) 0.26 (0.14) 0.41 (0.13) 0.54 (0.12)  
  1. Data from the 3rd Swiss Cost-Benefit Survey (see Strupler and Wolter 2012), own calculations, standard errors in brackets