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Title:Immigrant over- and under-education: The role of home country labour market experience PDF Logo
Authors:Piracha, Matloob
Tani, Massimiliano
Vadean, Florin
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:School of Economics discussion papers 11,05
Abstract:Literature on the immigrant labour market mismatch has not explored the signal provided by the quality of home country work experience, particularly that of education-occupation mismatch prior to migration. We show that type of work experience in the home country plays a significant role in explaining immigrant mismatch in the destination country's labour market. We use the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia and find that having been over-educated in the last job held in the home country increases the likelihood of being over-educated in Australia by about 45 percent. Whereas having been under-educated in the home country has an even stronger impact, as it increases the probability to be similarly mismatched in Australia by 61 percent.
Subjects:immigration
education-occupation mismatch
sample selection
JEL:C34
J24
J61
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:School of Economics Discussion Papers, University of Kent

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