Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102755
Authors: 
Berlingieri, Francesco
Zierahn, Ulrich
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 14-076
Abstract: 
Graduates from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are usually found to have higher wages and a lower risk of overqualification. However, it is unclear whether we can interpret the effect of STEM subjects on overqualification and wages in a causal way, since individuals choosing these subjects might differ systematically in unobserved characteristics, such as ability. Using data on German male graduates we show that unobserved heterogeneity indeed matters for differences in the risk of overqualification and wages when STEM graduates are compared to the Business & Law group, while it plays only a minor role for the difference between STEM graduates and the Social Sciences & Humanities group.
Subjects: 
qualification mismatch
wages
sorting
graduates
field of study
JEL: 
I21
J24
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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