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The Sex and the Uni: Educational Assortative Matching the Over-Education


  • Alessandro Tampieri



Educational assortative matching encourages individuals to acquire education so as to increase the probability of marrying a high-income partner. But since everyone is more educated, the chances of a good match do not change. Hence over education emerges, as in absence of educational assortative matching individuals could reach their optimal level of education by exploiting less educational resources. Over-education is stronger the higher the probability of educational assortative matching, the larger the relative importance of the partner.s income in determining utility and ability levels, and the lower the cost of education. Government intervention can reach a socially e¢ cient level of education through either a tax on education or income.

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  • Alessandro Tampieri, 2010. "The Sex and the Uni: Educational Assortative Matching the Over-Education," Discussion Papers in Economics 10/05, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
  • Handle: RePEc:lec:leecon:10/05

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    1. Ana I Moro-Egido & Santiago BudrÌa, "undated". "Overeducation and Wages in Europe: Evidence from Quantile Regression," Studies on the Spanish Economy 229, FEDEA.
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    Educational Assortative Matching; Over-Education.;

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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure

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