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Graduate labor mismatch in Central and Eastern Europe


  • Aleksander Kucel
  • Montserrat Vilalta-Bufi
  • Peter Robert

    (Universitat de Barcelona)


Using crosssection data from the REFLEX/HEGESCO surveys, this paper explores the likelihood of educationjob mismatch in Central and Eastern Europe. We classify countries in two groups according to the signaling strength of their educational credentials: the occupational labor market group (Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia) and the internal labor market group (Hungary, Lithuania and Estonia). We analyze three types of mismatch: the vertical mismatch (under/overeducation), horizontal mismatch (inadequacy of the field of study) and, finally, skills mismatch. We are particularly interested in studying how fields of study and individual competencies affect mismatch in the labor market in these economies. Results indicate that fields of study and individual competencies both significantly affect the likelihood of various types of mismatch. There are important differences between occupational and internal labor market structures in terms of mismatch determinants.

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  • Aleksander Kucel & Montserrat Vilalta-Bufi & Peter Robert, 2011. "Graduate labor mismatch in Central and Eastern Europe," Working Papers in Economics 259, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.
  • Handle: RePEc:bar:bedcje:2011259

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    Cited by:

    1. Dana-Ioana EREMIA, 2015. "Changes In An Age Of Mass Higher Education," Journal of Community Positive Practices, Catalactica NGO, issue 3, pages 70-81.
    2. Olga Kupets, 2015. "Education in transition and job mismatch: Evidence from the skills survey in non-EU transition economies," KIER Working Papers 915, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.

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    JEL classification:

    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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