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Youth labour market integration in Spain: Search time, job duration and skill mismatch

  • Maite Blázquez Cuesta

In recent years young workers in Spain have had great difficulties in finding and maintaining a job. Furthermore, the early histories of new entrants into the Spanish labour market has typically involved young workers accepting jobs for which the required level of education is lower that the attained level. Using the ad hoc module of the Labour Force Survey (2nd quarter, 2000), in this paper I analyse the transition from school to work for a sample of Spanish youths who left education for the first time after 1990. I allow the search period after completing education, the duration of the first significant job, and the probability of being over-educated in that job to be correlated in a system of simultaneous equations which is estimated by maximum likelihood. The results suggest that over-educated workers experience shorter durations in their first significant job. I do not find a direct effect of search time on employment duration. However, there are unobserved factors that increase the first unemployed job search period after completing education, and that also increase the subsequent employment duration. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2005

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Volume (Year): 7 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 191-208

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Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:7:y:2005:i:3:p:191-208
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