Education and Skills Mismatch in the Italian Graduate Labour Market
AbstractThis paper focuses on education and skills mismatch amongst Italian graduates. Indicators for over and under-utilisation of education and under-utilisation of skills are included in a grouped data lognormal wage equation, allowing us to test a number of theories which could explain the effect of over-schooling on wages. We find little evidence to support assignment theory and also identify a relatively weak wage effect arising from educational mismatch associated with the formal requirements of a job, when compared to that associated with an employeeÕs perception of the job requirements. Our interpretation is that employers may be mis-specifying jobs as ÔgraduateÕ jobs in order to take advantage of an excess supply of graduates.
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over-education; skill under-utilisation; wages; on-the-job search;
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- Giorgio Di Pietro & Peter Urwin, 2006. "Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market," Applied Economics, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 38(1), pages 79-93.
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
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- NEP-ALL-2003-06-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2003-06-16 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2003-06-16 (Labour Economics)
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