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Immigrant Over- and Under-education: The Role of Home Country Labour Market Experience

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  • Matloob Piracha

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  • Massimiliano Tani
  • Florin Vadean

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Literature on the immigrant labour market mismatch has not explored the signal provided by the quality of home country work experience, particularly that of education-occupation mismatch prior to migration. We show that type of work experience in the home country plays a significant role in explaining immigrant mismatch in the destination country’s labour market. We use the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia and find that having been over-educated in the last job held in the home country increases the likelihood of being over-educated in Australia by about 45 percent. Whereas having been under-educated in the home country has an even stronger impact, as it increases the probability to be similarly mismatched in Australia by 61 percent.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 1105.

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