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Devolving skills: The case of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers

Cavaglia, Chiara, McNally, Sandra and Overman, Henry (2020) Devolving skills: 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 : 13 August 2020
Funders : Centre for Vocational Education Research - Department for Education, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, ESRC
DOI : 10.1111/1475-5890.12238
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 The Authors. Fiscal Studies published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. on behalf of Institute for Fiscal Studies This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cavaglia, C., McNally, S. and Overman, H.G. (2020), Devolving Skills: The Case of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers*. Fiscal Studies. doi:10.1111/1475-5890.12238, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions."
Uncontrolled Keywords : Apprenticeships; Devolution; Employment
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata pending
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 05 Aug 2020 15:56
Last Modified : 06 Oct 2020 11:15

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