Overeducation describes the situation whereby workers are located in jobs for
which they are deemed overqualified. This paper examines patterns in overeducation
between countries using a specifically designed panel data set constructed
from the quarterly Labour Force Surveys of 28 EU countries over a 12- to 15-year
period. It is not the case that overeducation has been rising rapidly over time in all
countries, and where overeducation has grown, the trend has been very gradual.
Furthermore, overeducation rates were found to be static or falling in approximately
50% of the 28 EU countries. The evidence points towards convergence in overeducation
at a rate of 3.3% per annum. In terms of the determinants of overeducation we
find evidence to support policies aimed at improving effective female participation,
labour market flexibility and the practical aspects of educational provision as a
means of reducing the incidence of overeducation within countries.
ESRI Series Number: 201832 Research Area:Labour Markets and Skills Date of Publication: October 1, 2018 Published Online: June 12, 2018 Publisher: Oxford University Press Place of Publication: Oxford View External Link
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