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Overeducation in the early career: an analysis using sequence techniques

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  • Verhaest, Dieter

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    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium)

  • Schatteman, Tom

    (Faculty of Applied Economics, Department of Economics, University of Antwerp)

Abstract

We follow a sample of Flemish school leavers from secondary education and investigate their first seven years on the labour market by means of optimal matching sequence analysis. It is found that overeduca-tion can be a years-long trouble. About 30 to 40% stayed overeducated for nearly the full first seven years after labour market entry. Another 15 tot 25% combined overeducation with long periods of joblessness or stayed out of work for almost the full observation period. Risk factors to enter some of these disadvan-tageous trajectories are, amongst others, being female, having a non-Western background, having lower study results or living in a rural municipality. Finally, overeducation is also associated with low psychological well-being, particularly if it is preceded by a "good match" period or longer periods of joblessness. Nevertheless, that overeducation not should be a problem for the full career is illustrated by the 7% school leavers who were overeducated for a rather long period prior to find ultimately a good match.

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Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2010/09.

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Length: 38 page
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Keywords: Overqualification; mismatch; underemployment; careers; unemployment; optimal matching;

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  1. Kiersztyn, Anna, 2013. "Stuck in a mismatch? The persistence of overeducation during twenty years of the post-communist transition in Poland," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 78-91.

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