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The Determinants of Graduate Over-Education

  • Mary Silles
  • Peter Dolton

Several studies for the UK and other countries have shown that a significant number of university graduates are in jobs that do not require a university degree i.e., over-educated. This paper using data from one large civic university in the UK investigates the true incidence and determinants of over-education. The results indicate that previous studies have largely over-stated the extent of over-education in the graduate labour market. Various labour market constraints as well as the vocational orientation of educational qualification were shown to be among most important factors that influence graduate placement.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 127.

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  1. P. J. Sloane & H. Battu & P. T. Seaman, 1999. "Overeducation, undereducation and the British labour market," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(11), pages 1437-1453.
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  3. S. J. Prais, 2001. "Developments in Education and Vocational Training in Britain: Background Note on Recent Research," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 178(1), pages 73-74, October.
  4. H. Battu & C.R. Belfield & P.J. Sloane, 2000. "How Well Can We Measure Graduate Over- Education and Its Effects?," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 171(1), pages 82-93, January.
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