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Immigrant over- and under-education: the role of home country labour market experience

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  • Matloob Piracha

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  • Massimiliano Tani

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  • Florin Vadean

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Literature on the immigrant labour market mismatch has not explored the signal provided by the quality of home country work experience, particularly that of education-occupation mismatch prior to migration. We show that type of work experience in the home country plays a significant role in explaining immigrant mismatch in the destination country’s labour market. We use the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia and find that having been over-educated in the last job held in the home country increases the likelihood of being over-educated in Australia by about 45 percent. Whereas having been under-educated in the home country has an even stronger impact, as it increases the probability to be similarly mismatched in Australia by 62 percent. Copyright Piracha et al.; licensee Springer. 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal IZA Journal of Migration.

Volume (Year): 1 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (December)
Pages: 1-21

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Keywords: Immigration; Education-occupation mismatch; Sample selection; C34; J24; J61;

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  1. Chan, Gavin & Heaton, Christopher & Tani, Massimiliano, 2012. "The Wage Premium of Foreign Education: New Evidence from Australia," IZA Discussion Papers 6578, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Piracha, Matloob & Vadean, Florin, 2012. "Migrant Educational Mismatch and the Labour Market," IZA Discussion Papers 6414, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Andersson Joona, Pernilla & Datta Gupta, Nabanita & Wadensjö, Eskil, 2012. "Overeducation among Immigrants in Sweden: Incidence, Wage Effects and State-dependence," SULCIS Working Papers 2012:2, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS.
  4. Kalfa, Eleni & Piracha, Matloob, 2013. "Immigrants' Educational Mismatch and the Penalty of Over-Education," IZA Discussion Papers 7721, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Carroll, David & Tani, Massimiliano, 2013. "Over-education of recent higher education graduates: New Australian panel evidence," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 207-218.
  6. Carroll, David & Tani, Massimiliano, 2011. "Labour Market Under-Utilisation of Recent Higher Education Graduates: New Australian Panel Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 6047, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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