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Assessing the Incidence and Wage Effects of Over-skilling in the Australian Labour Market

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  • Kostas Mavromaras

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

  • Seamus McGuinness

    (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin IZA, Bonn)

  • Yin King Fok

    ()
    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

Abstract

This paper examines the incidence and wage effects of over-skilling within the Australian labour market. It finds that approximately 30 percent of employees believed themselves to be moderately over-skilled and 11 percent believed themselves to be severely overskilled. The incidence of skills mismatch varied little when the sample was split by education. After controlling for individual and job characteristics as well as the potential bias arising from individual unobserved heterogeneity, severely over-skilled workers suffer an average wage penalty of 13.4 percent with the penalty ranging from about 8 percent among vocationally qualified employees to over 20 percent for graduates.

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Paper provided by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne in its series Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series with number wp2007n32.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iae:iaewps:wp2007n32

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  1. Bárcena-Martín, Elena & Budría, Santiago & Moro-Egido, Ana I., 2011. "Skill mismatches and wages among European university graduates," MPRA Paper 33673, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Matloob Piracha & Massimiliano Tani & Florin Vadean, 2011. "Immigrant Over- and Under-education: The Role of Home Country Labour Market Experience," Studies in Economics 1105, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  3. Schwalje, Wes, 2011. "Knowledge-based Economic Development as a Unifying Vision in a Post-awakening Arab World," MPRA Paper 30305, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Mavromaras, Kostas & McGuinness, Seamus & Fok, Yin King, 2009. "Overskilling Dynamics and Education Pathways," Papers WP307, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  5. Sánchez-Sánchez, Nuria & McGuinness, Seamus, 2011. "Decomposing the Impacts of Overeducation and Overskilling on Earnings and Job Satisfaction: An Analysis Using REFLEX data," Papers WP393, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  6. Schwalje, Wes, 2011. "A Conceptual Model of National Skills Formation for Knowledge-based Economic Development," MPRA Paper 30302, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Mavromaras, Kostas G. & Sloane, Peter J. & Wei, Zhang, 2013. "The Scarring Effects of Unemployment, Low Pay and Skills Under-utilisation in Australia Compared," IZA Discussion Papers 7440, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Mavromaras, Kostas G. & Mahuteau, Stéphane & Sloane, Peter J. & Wei, Zhang, 2012. "The Effect of Overskilling Dynamics on Wages," IZA Discussion Papers 6985, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  9. Lamo, Ana & Messina, Julián, 2010. "Formal education, mismatch and wages after transition: Assessing the impact of unobserved heterogeneity using matching estimators," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 1086-1099, December.
  10. McGuinness, Seamus & Sloane, Peter J., 2009. "Labour Market Mismatch Among UK Graduates: An Analysis Using REFLEX Data," IZA Discussion Papers 4168, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  11. Kalfa, Eleni & Piracha, Matloob, 2013. "Immigrants' Educational Mismatch and the Penalty of Over-Education," IZA Discussion Papers 7721, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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