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Postgraduate education and job mismatch: the role of migration


  • Martina Aronica

    (Università di Palermo)

  • Alessandra Faggian

    (Gran Sasso Science Institute)

  • Debora Insolda

    (Università di Palermo)

  • Davide Piacentino

    (Università di Palermo)


Despite the increase of doctoral studies, PhD holders face many obstacles in finding non-academic jobs matching their competencies. This paper explores this phenomenon under three angles: overeducation, overskilling and satisfaction. While considering a rich set of determinants, we particularly focus on the role of migration. Spatial mobility may represent not only a way to favour the education-job match at an aggregate level, but also a way to get a stronger motivation in searching a suitable job at an individual level. Looking at the case of Italy, we find a positive effect of migration on the education-job matching. We also find two evident gaps. The first between domestic and foreign labour markets and the second between genders.

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  • Martina Aronica & Alessandra Faggian & Debora Insolda & Davide Piacentino, 2020. "Postgraduate education and job mismatch: the role of migration," Discussion Paper series in Regional Science & Economic Geography 2020-10, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Social Sciences, revised Nov 2020.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahy:wpaper:wp10

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    PhD degree; education-job mismatching; human capital migration; Italian regions;
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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • 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
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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