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The case of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers

Cavaglia, Chiara, McNally, Sandra and Overman, Henry (2020) The case of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Fiscal Studies.

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One rationale for devolution is that local decision makers may be well placed to adapt national policies to the local context. We test whether such adaptation helps meet programme objectives in the case of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers. Originally a national programme, aimed at incentivising employers to take on apprentices, reforms a few years into operation gave some Local Authorities negotiated flexibilities in how the scheme operated. We consider the impact of the national scheme and then use a difference-in-differences approach to test whether flexibility led to an increase in the number of apprenticeship starts in devolved areas relative to control groups. We find that flexibility had zero effect. There is suggestive evidence that this is because flexibilities were negotiated on the wrong margins.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
Cavaglia, Chiara
Overman, Henry
Date : 5 August 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords : Apprenticeships; Devolution; Employment
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata pending
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 05 Aug 2020 15:56
Last Modified : 05 Aug 2020 15:56

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