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Educational Attainment and Education-job Mismatch of Cross-border Commuters in the EU

  • Peter Huber

    (WIFO)

I describe the extent and structure of cross-border commuting in the EU 27 to show that this is important only in a small number of border regions with strong linguistic, historic or institutional ties. Cross-border commuters are mostly medium skilled, male manufacturing workers, who have higher over- but lower under-education rates than non-commuters, internal commuters and established migrants. These findings can mostly be attributed to cross-border commuters from the 12 new EU member countries. Cross-border commuters from the EU 15 have higher under- and lower over-education rates than non-commuters.

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Paper provided by WIFO in its series WIFO Working Papers with number 388.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 08 Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wfo:wpaper:y:2011:i:388
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