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Job-worker mismatch and cognitive decline

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  • de Grip, A.

    (Research Centre for Educ and Labour Mark)

  • Bosma, H.

    (Sociale Geneeskunde)

  • Willems, D.

    (Externe publicaties SBE)

  • van Boxtel, M.P.J.

    (Psychiatrie en Neuropsychologie)

Abstract

We have used longitudinal test data on various aspects of people's cognitive abilities to analyse whether overeducated workers are more vulnerable to a decline in their cognitive abilities, and undereducated workers are less vulnerable. We found that a job-worker mismatch induces a cognitive decline with respect to immediate and delayed recall abilities, cognitive flexibility and verbal fluency. Our findings indicate that, to some extent, it is the adjustment of the ability level of the overeducated and undereducated workers that adjusts initial job-worker mismatch. This adds to the relevance of preventing overeducation, and shows that being employed in a challenging job contributes to workers' cognitive resilience. Copyright 2008 , Oxford University Press.
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  • de Grip, A. & Bosma, H. & Willems, D. & van Boxtel, M.P.J., 2005. "Job-worker mismatch and cognitive decline," ROA Research Memorandum 7E, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
  • Handle: RePEc:unm:umaror:20057e
    DOI: 10.26481/umaror.200507E
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    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
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