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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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  • Maite Blázquez Cuesta, 2005. "Youth labour market integration in Spain: Search time, job duration and skill mismatch," Spanish Economic Review, Springer;Spanish Economic Association, vol. 7(3), pages 191-208, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:7:y:2005:i:3:p:191-208
    DOI: 10.1007/s10108-005-0097-7

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    2. Dolores Garcia Crespo & María Isabel Aguilar Ramos & Beatriz Rodríguez-Prado & Helena Corrales Herrero, 2010. "Formación profesional y acceso al empleo de calidad en España," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 5,in: María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia & Domingo P. Ximénez-de-Embún & José María Gómez-Sancho & Gregorio Gim (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5, edition 1, volume 5, chapter 45, pages 891-914 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.
    3. Dolores Garcia Crespo & Antonio Casquero Tomás, 2011. "Inserción laboral de los jóvenes en España: Inmigrantes vs nativos," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 6,in: Antonio Caparrós Ruiz (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 6, edition 1, volume 6, chapter 43, pages 693-706 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.


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