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Immigrants’ educational mismatch and the penalty of overeducation

Kalfa, Eleni, Piracha, Matloob (2017) Immigrants’ educational mismatch and the penalty of overeducation. Education Economics, 25 (5). pp. 462-481. ISSN 0964-5292. E-ISSN 1469-5782. (doi:10.1080/09645292.2017.1298728) (KAR id:60496)

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This paper analyses immigrants’ educational mismatch and its impact on wages in Spain. The incidence of immigrants’ education-occupation mismatch in the Spanish labour market can largely be explained by the mismatch in the last job held in the home country. The probability of having been over-educated in the home country has a higher effect on the probability of being over-educated in the first job in Spain. Those who were over-educated in their first job are more likely to continue being over-educated in their current job in Spain. Finally, overeducated immigrants earn significantly lower wages compared to their non-overeducated counterparts.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09645292.2017.1298728
Uncontrolled keywords: Immigration, education–occupation mismatch, sample selection JEL CLASSIFICATIONS: J24, J61
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Matloob Piracha
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 10:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:43 UTC
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