The German Skills Machine: Sustaining Comparative Advantage in a Global Economy

The German Skills Machine: Sustaining Comparative Advantage in a Global Economy

The German Skills Machine: Sustaining Comparative Advantage in a Global Economy

The German Skills Machine: Sustaining Comparative Advantage in a Global Economy

Synopsis

This volume brings together empirical and comparative research from across the social sciences to examine whether or not Germany's system of skill provision is still capable of meeting the economic and social challenges now facing all the advanced capitalist economies.

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Pepper D. Culpepper

T he German model of skill provision has been the darling of policy-makers across the capitalist democracies over the past two decades, and it is credited as being a significant contributor to the export success of German companies and to Germany's comparatively low youth unemployment. As the century draws to a close, though, the merits of this model, and even its viability in the face of technological and organizational change, are in doubt. This volume comes neither to praise nor to bury the model, but to unite contributions from across the social sciences that consider the relative advantages of institutions for skill provision that combine supervised in-firm training and theoretical instruction in out-of-firm centers. the German dual system of apprenticeship training is the exemplar of such a training regime, and our discussion and much of our evidence relates to the system as it functions in Germany today. But the ambition of the book is both general and comparative: what does this . . .

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