Migrant educational mismatch and the labour market

Piracha, Matloob and Vadean, Florin (2013) Migrant educational mismatch and the labour market. In: Constant, Amelie F. and Zimmermann, Klaus F., eds. International Handbook on Economics of Migration. Elgar original reference . Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 176-192. ISBN 978-1-84542-629-3. E-ISBN 978-1-78254-607-8. (doi:https://doi.org/10.4337/9781782546078.00017) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Labor market mismatch, particularly ‘over-education’, has a long and controversial history in the labor economics literature. Freeman (1976), who argued that an oversupply of university-educated individuals in the US since the start of 1970s had resulted in the fall in return to education, set the scene for further research on the topic. Even though Freeman’s claims were challenged in a number of papers in subsequent years and the issue seemed to have been resolved with Smith and Welch (1978) declaring that‘ at best Freeman exaggerates the case for an oversupply of college-educated manpower and that he may in fact be dead wrong’, the revival came in a paper by Duncan and Hoffman (1981). Unlike the previous literature which used aggregate data, Duncan and Hoffman used individual level data and compared those who were properly matched, that is, had the required level of education, with those who had either less or more education than their job required. They found that there is indeed some ‘misallocation of education resources’. With this paper a subfield of economics of over-education was born.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: development studies, migration, economics and finance, international economics, politics and public policy, migration, social policy and sociology, migration, urban and regional studies, migration
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Matloob Piracha
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 18:31 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 08:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54803 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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