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Job Mismatches and Labour Market Outcomes: Panel Evidence on Australian University Graduates

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  • Mavromaras, Kostas G.

    () (NILS, Flinders University)

  • McGuinness, Seamus

    () (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

  • O'Leary, Nigel C.

    () (Swansea University)

  • Sloane, Peter J.

    () (Swansea University)

  • Wei, Zhang

    () (NILS, Flinders University)

Abstract

The interpretation of graduate mismatch manifested either as overeducation or as overskilling remains problematical. This paper uses annual panel information on both educational and skills mismatches uniquely found in the HILDA survey to analyse the relationship of both mismatches with pay, job satisfaction and job mobility. We find that overeducation and overskilling are distinct phenomena with different labour market outcomes and that their combination results in the most severe negative labour market outcomes. Using panel methodology reduces strongly the size of many relevant coefficients, questioning previous cross-section results and suggesting the presence of considerable unobserved heterogeneity which varies by gender.

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  • Mavromaras, Kostas G. & McGuinness, Seamus & O'Leary, Nigel C. & Sloane, Peter J. & Wei, Zhang, 2010. "Job Mismatches and Labour Market Outcomes: Panel Evidence on Australian University Graduates," IZA Discussion Papers 5083, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Seamus McGuinness & Luis Ortiz, 2016. "Skill gaps in the workplace: measurement, determinants and impacts," Industrial Relations Journal, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(3), pages 253-278, May.
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    Keywords

    mobility; satisfaction; overeducation; overskilling; wages;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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