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Does immigration policy affect the education--occupation mismatch? Evidence from Australia

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  • Tani, Massimiliano

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This article analyses the impact of a change in Australia's immigration policy, introduced on 1 July 1999, on migrants' probability of being over- or under-educated or correctly matched. The policy change consists of stricter entry requirements about age, language ability, education, and work experience. The results indicate that those who entered under more stringent conditions, the second cohort, have a lower probability to be over-educated and a correspondingly higher probability of being better matched than those in the first cohort. The policy change appears to have reduced the incidence of over-education among women, enhanced the relevance of being educated in Australia to being correctly matched, and has attracted a higher proportion of immigrants who were already under-utilised (or over-achieving) in their home countries. Overall, the policy appears to have brought immigrants that reduced the education mismatch in Australia's labour market.

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  • Tani, Massimiliano, 2012. "Does immigration policy affect the education--occupation mismatch? Evidence from Australia," Australian Bulletin of Labour, National Institute of Labour Studies, vol. 38(2), pages 111-141.
  • Handle: RePEc:fli:journl:26237
    Note: Tani, M., 2012. Does immigration policy affect the education--occupation mismatch? Evidence from Australia. Australian Bulletin of Labour, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp. 111-141.
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    1. Altorjai, Szilvia, 2013. "Over-qualification of immigrants in the UK," ISER Working Paper Series 2013-11, Institute for Social and Economic Research.

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    Keywords

    Employment; Australia; Immigrants and emigrants; Education;

    JEL classification:

    • C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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