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Overeducation at the Start of the Career - Stepping Stone or Trap?

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  • Stijn Baert
  • Bart Cockx
  • Dieter Verhaest

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This study investigates whether young unemployed graduates who accept a job below their level of education accelerate or delay the transition into a job that matches their level of education. We adopt the Timing of Events approach to identify this dynamic treatment effect using monthly calendar data from a representative sample of Flemish (Belgian) youth who started searching for a job right after leaving formal education. We find that overeducation is a trap. This trap is especially important early in the unemployment spell. Our results are robust across various specifications and for two overeducation measures.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3825.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Keywords: overqualification; underemployment; school-to-work transitions; duration analysis; dynamic treatment;

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  1. Clark, Brian & Joubert, Clement & Maurel, Arnaud, 2014. "The Career Prospects of Overeducated Americans," IZA Discussion Papers 8313, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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