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Education-Job (Mis)Match and Interregional Migration: Italian University Graduates' Transition to Work

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  • Simona Iammarino
  • Elisabetta Marinelli

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Iammarino S. and Marinelli E. Education-job (mis)match and interregional migration: Italian university graduates' transition to work, Regional Studies . This paper analyses the micro-level determinants of the education-job (mis)matches of recent university graduates in Italy. As the Italian graduate population has experienced increasing internal migration, this paper focuses in particular on the role of interregional migration in driving education-job match. The methodology takes into account both the endogenous relationship between migration and employment, and the self-selection bias between employment and education-job (mis)match. Using a survey on Italian graduates' entry into the labour market, it is found that whilst migration at the national level is confirmed to have a positive role in both finding a job and decreasing the probability of over-education, robust differences emerge when looking at the sub-national dimension. Indeed, the Northern regions by receiving inflows of Southern graduates who manage to attain a good education-job match in the recipient labour markets are apparently reaping part of the return to the investment in university education borne in the South.

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  • Simona Iammarino & Elisabetta Marinelli, 2015. "Education-Job (Mis)Match and Interregional Migration: Italian University Graduates' Transition to Work," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(5), pages 866-882, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:49:y:2015:i:5:p:866-882
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2014.965135
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