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Overeducation Among Graduates: a cohort view

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  • H. Battu
  • C. R. Belfield
  • P. J. Sloane

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This paper uses a survey of graduates from two cohort years (1985 and 1990) to examine the determinants of overeducation in the UK. We determine whether or not graduates are matched in jobs for which degrees are required. Longitudinal comparisons up to 11 years after graduation permit examination of how the matching process alters over time. The implications of mismatch for job satisfaction and earnings over the career cycle are traced. We find that cross-sectional measures of mismatch obscure significant changes for individuals over time; that the speed of movement into and out of matched work is important; and that both job satisfaction and earnings are significantly adversely affected by mismatch.

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

Volume (Year): 7 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 21-38

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Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:7:y:1999:i:1:p:21-38

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