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Mismatch in the Graduate Labour Market Among Immigrants and Second-Generation Ethnic Minority Groups

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  • Byrne, Delma

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  • McGuinness, Seamus

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This paper uses graduate survey data and econometric methods to estimate the incidence and wage effects of over-education and overskilling among immigrant and ethnic minority graduates from UK universities. The paper empirically demonstrates that immigrant and second-generation ethnic minority graduates were no more likely to experience education or skill mismatch relative to their native counterparts. Furthermore, graduates from immigrant and ethnic minority backgrounds incurred overeducation and overskilling wage penalties that lie well below the level incurred by native graduates. The research stresses the importance of controlling for the effects of location-specific human capital and sample selection when undertaking studies of this nature.

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  • Byrne, Delma & McGuinness, Seamus, 2009. "Mismatch in the Graduate Labour Market Among Immigrants and Second-Generation Ethnic Minority Groups," Papers WP316, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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    1. Frances Ruane & Xiaoheng Zhang, 2007. "Location Choices of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Europe after 1992," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp220, IIIS.
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    Overeducation; overskilling; ethnic minorities; immigrants;

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