Skill Transferability, Regret and Mobility
AbstractAfter graduation many students start working in sectors not related to their field of study or participate in training targeted at work in other sectors. In this paper, we look at mobility immediately after graduation from the perspective that educational choices have been made when these pupils had little experience of the actual working life in these professions. We develop a model where students accumulate partially transferable human capital but also learn about their professional preferences at the university and during the first years in the labor market. As a consequence of this newly acquired insight, these young workers might realize that working in another occupational field would better fit their preferences, although they are better equipped to work in their own field. The empirical analysis reveals that if wages are 1% lower due to lower skill transferability, the probability that a graduate who regrets his choice actually switches decreases by 2.2 percentage points, while those who switch on average take 0.3 months additional education.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2021.
Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Publication status: published in: Applied Economics, 2007, 39 (13), 1663-1678
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Other versions of this item:
- Borghans Lex & Golsteyn Bart, 2006. "Skill Transferability Regret and Mobility," Research Memoranda 003, Maastricht : ROA, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market.
- Borghans , Lex & Golsteyn, Bart H. H., 2007. "Skill transferability, regret and mobility," Open Access publications from Maastricht University urn:nbn:nl:ui:27-12748, Maastricht University.
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
- J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-03-18 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2006-03-18 (Business Economics)
- NEP-EDU-2006-03-18 (Education)
- NEP-HRM-2006-03-18 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2006-03-18 (Labour Economics)
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