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Job Search as a Determinant of Graduate Over-Education: Evidence from Australia

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  • Carroll, David

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    (Macquarie University, Sydney)

  • Tani, Massimiliano

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    (IZA)

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This study considers the relationship between job search and over-education amongst recent Australian bachelor degree graduates. Using a panel estimation method, we find that using universities' career offices is associated with a reduced probability of over-education (between 3% and 8%) vis-à-vis responding to a job advertisement or searching through networking. These results are robust to alternative specifications and estimation techniques. As over-education is characterised by high persistence, the role of university career services and fairs in screening and matching the skills of graduands with the needs of employers at the entry point into the labour market cannot be overlooked.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7202.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2013
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Publication status: Forthcoming in Education Economics
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7202

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