Leveraging training outcomes on public construction projects

Austen, Siobhan & Seymour, Richard (2007) Leveraging training outcomes on public construction projects. In Proceedings of the 9th Path to Full Employment Conference and 14th National Conference on Unemployment, CRC for Construction Innovation, University of Newcastle.


The paper explores the efficacy of public agencies using their contracting relationships with private firms to affect training outcomes in the construction industry. It develops a theoretical perspective on this issue by extending a framework that was originally developed by Hart, Schleifer and Vishny (1997) to study privatisation. This paper shows how their framework can also be applied to situations where the provision of public works is already privatised and the government is attempting to regulate training outcomes via a contracting arrangement. An empirical study of two training policies of the Western Australian government complements this theoretical discussion. We report the results of an analysis of data drawn from the government’s Tender Registration System between 1997 & 2006. As such we use a unique and comprehensive resource to examine the possible effects of new training policies on an important segment of the construction ‘market’.

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ID Code: 27159
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program A : Business and Industry Development, Project 2006-036-A : Multi Outcome Construction Policies
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