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Further Training for Older Workers: A Solution for an Ageing Labour Force?

Hilal Zboralski-Avidan

Due to changes in retirement and employment policies the participation of older workers in the German labour force has been increasing in the recent decade. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), the book examines developments in the training participation patterns of older workers. The author gives special attention to the relations between the rate of training participation and the level of job satisfaction. The findings indicate an increase in training participation, particularly of workers aged 55–59, and imply a positive correlation between the rate of training and job satisfaction.


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I would like to take a moment to thank all those people who accompanied me along the challenging journey of writing my thesis. First and foremost, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to my supervisor Prof. Dr. Harm Kuper. From the beginning, his practical and constructive advices alongside his extraor- dinary willingness and availability to help, highly encouraged me and kept me going throughout the course of this thesis. I am deeply grateful that I had the opportunity to have him as my supervisor. Furthermore, I would like to thank Prof. Dr. Kathrin Leuze that she agreed to act as a second advisor for this thesis, and for helpful discussions and empirical guidance during the second half of my PhD. Moreover, I am very thankful to the financial support of the BMBF (Rah- menprogramm Empirische Bildungsforschung) and for the support in the form of seminars and lectures. In particular, I would like to thank the coordinator of this program, Dr. Silvia Hessel for the tight escort along the years. In addition, I acknowledge my gratitude to the department of statistics in the Freie Universität Berlin, and particularly I thank Dr. Amit Gosh and Markus Gross who helped me overcoming the statistical obstacles I faced with. I also would like to thank my brother, Omri Avidan, who from the beginning supplied me with helpful advices. I highly appreciate the time he spent on checking my English and his remarkable patience despite having a very busy schedule. I am...

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