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Overeducation at the start of the career - stepping stone or trap?

  • Baert, Stijn



  • Cockx, Bart


    (UGent, Université Catholique de Louvain)

  • Verhaest, Dieter


    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), UGent)

This study investigates whether young unemployed graduates who accept a job below their level of education accelerate or delay the transition into a job that matches their level of education. We adopt the Timing of Events approach to identify this dynamic treatment effect using monthly calendar data from a representative sample of Flemish (Belgian) youth who started searching for a job right after leaving formal education. We find that overeducation is a trap. This trap is especially important early in the unemployment spell. Our results are robust across various specifications and for two overeducation measures.

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Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2012/27.

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Date of creation: May 2012
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