IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Overeducation, undereducation, and the theory of career mobility

  • Büchel, Felix
  • Mertens, Antje
Registered author(s):

    The theory of career mobility (Sicherman and Galor 1990) claims that wage penalties for overeducated workers are compensated by better promotion prospects. Sicherman (1991) was able to confirm this theory in an empirical study. However, the controls for the opposing phenomenon of undereducation used in his tests produced unconvincing results, for which no sound theoretical explanations were given. The only re-test yet conducted (Robst 1995) also produced ambiguous results. In the present paper, we estimate random effects models to analyze relative wage growth using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel. We find that overeducated workers have markedly lower relative wage growth rates than correctly allocated workers, while undereducated workers enjoy higher rates of relative wage growth. Our results cast serious doubt on the career mobility model, at least with respect to the overeducation issue. In view of the acknowledged positive correlation between access to training and upward career mobility, the plausibility of our results is supported by the finding that overeducated workers have less access to formal and informal on-the-job training, while undereducated workers are more likely to be admitted to such programs.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL: http://econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/62685/1/725942304.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Paper provided by Humboldt University of Berlin, Interdisciplinary Research Project 373: Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes in its series SFB 373 Discussion Papers with number 2001,84.

    as
    in new window

    Length:
    Date of creation: 2001
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:zbw:sfb373:200184
    Contact details of provider: Postal: Spandauer Str. 1,10178 Berlin
    Phone: +49-30-2093-5708
    Fax: +49-30-2093-5617
    Web page: http://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/
    Email:


    More information through EDIRC

    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

    as in new window
    1. Battu, H. & Belfield, C. R. & Sloane, P. J., . "Overeducation Among Graduates: A Cohort View," Working Papers 98-03, Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen.
    2. Addison, John T & Portugal, Pedro, 1989. "Job Displacement, Relative Wage Changes, and Duration of Unemployment," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 7(3), pages 281-302, July.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:zbw:sfb373:200184. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (ZBW - German National Library of Economics)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.