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Discriminating between alternative measures of over-education

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  • Dieter Verhaest
  • Eddy Omey

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Five over-education measures are evaluated empirically on the basis of encompassing tests. The measures are based on job analysis (JA), worker-assessment of the required level to do the job (WAd), worker-assessment of the required level to get the job (WAg), the mean educational level of realized matches (RMmn), and the modal level of realized matches (RMml). Over- and under-education are linked to wages, job satisfaction, mobility and training participation. For none of the outcome variables, the JA model is encompassed by another model. Given the risk on systematic errors, this is a sufficient condition to prefer a carefully conducted JA to any other measure. The most reliable solution is to use the JA measure as an instrument for the WAd measure.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 38 (2006)
Issue (Month): 18 ()
Pages: 2113-2120

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  1. Nordman, Christophe Jalil & David, Anda Mariana, 2014. "Skill Mismatch and Migration in Egypt and Tunisia," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/13140, Paris Dauphine University.
  2. D. Verhaest & E. Omey, 2012. "The relationship between formal education and skill acquisition in young workers’ first jobs," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 12/768, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
  3. Verhaest, Dieter & Omey, Eddy, 2009. "Overeducation and earnings: some further paneldata evidence," Working Papers 2009/08, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
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  5. Verhaest, Dieter & Schatteman, Tom, 2010. "Overeducation in the early career: an analysis using sequence techniques," Working Papers 2010/09, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  6. Brahim Boudarbat & Claude Montmarquette, 2013. "Origine et sources de la surqualification dans la région métropolitaine de Montréal," CIRANO Project Reports 2013rp-08, CIRANO.

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