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Informality and overeducation in the labor market of a developing country

  • Paula Herrera-Idárraga

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    (AQR – IREA, University of Barcelona, Avda Diagonal, 690, 08034 Barcelona, Spain & Department of Economics, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Carrera 7 No. 40 – 62, Bogotá, Colombia.)

  • Enrique López-Bazo

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    (AQR – IREA, University of Barcelona, Avda Diagonal, 690, 08034 Barcelona, Spain & European Commission, Joint Research Center (JRC), Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). Calle Inca Garcilaso 3, 41092 Sevilla, Spain.)

  • Elisabet Motellón

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    (AQR – IREA, University of Barcelona, Avda Diagonal, 690, 08034 Barcelona & Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Avda Tibidabo 39-43, 08035 Barcelona, Spain.)

In this paper, we explore the connection between labor market segmentation in two sectors, a modern protected formal sector and a traditional- unprotected-informal sector, and overeducation in a developing country. Informality is thought to have negative consequences, primarily through poorer working conditions, lack of social security, as well as low levels of productivity throughout the economy. This paper considers an aspect that has not been previously addressed, namely the fact that informality might also affect the way workers match their actual education with that required performing their job. We use micro-data from Colombia to test the relationship between overeducation and informality. Empirical results suggest that, once the endogeneity of employment choice has been accounted for, formal male workers are less likely to be overeducated. Interestingly, the propensity of being overeducated among women does not seem to be closely related to the employment choice.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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