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The relationship between geographical mobility and education-job mismatches

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  • Maud Hensen

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  • Robert de Vries

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In this paper we investigate the relationship between geographical mobility and education-job mismatches. School-leavers might adjust to local labour market frictions by accepting some education-job mismatch combined with a mobility decision. We focus on the relationship between the mobility decision and the following education-job mismatches: a job below the educational level, outside the educational field, part-time or flexible jobs at the beginning of the career. For this purpose we use data about school-leavers from secondary education and higher vocational education in the period 1996-2001. The analysis is conducted at a disaggregated spatial level to incorporate differences in behaviour of school-leavers at the regional level. We find that school-leavers who are more mobile have a lower probability to have a job below the acquired educational level compared with school-leavers who are less mobile. Moreover, school-leavers who are more mobile experience especially a lower probability of a part-time or a flexible job. This result suggests that school-leavers not only try to prevent a job below the acquired educational level, but also other education-job mismatches in their mobility decision.

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  • Maud Hensen & Robert de Vries, 2004. "The relationship between geographical mobility and education-job mismatches," ERSA conference papers ersa04p158, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa04p158
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    1. Giuseppe Croce & Emanuela Ghignoni, 2011. "Overeducation and spatial flexibility in Italian local labour markets," Working Papers 145, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.
    2. Signe Jauhiainen, 2006. "Regional Differences in Overeducation," ERSA conference papers ersa06p180, European Regional Science Association.

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