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Non-Formal Education, Overeducation And Wages

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  • SANDRA NIETO

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

  • RAÚL RAMOS

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

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Why do overeducated workers participate in non-formal education activities? Do they not suffer from an excess of education? Using microdata from the Spanish sample of the 2007 Adult Education Survey, we have found that overeducated workers participate more than the rest in nonformal education and that they earn higher wages than overeducated workers who did not participate. This result can be interpreted as evidence that non-formal education allows overeducated workers to acquire new abilities that improve their competence at the job they perform. Our results support the European Commission’s view on the need to reinforce lifelong learning among the adult population.

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  • Sandra Nieto & Raúl Ramos, 2013. "Non-Formal Education, Overeducation And Wages," Revista de Economia Aplicada, Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Estructura Economica y Economia Publica, vol. 21(1), pages 5-28, Spring.
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    Keywords

    non-formal education; education-occupation mismatch; returns to schooling;
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    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General

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