Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130337
Authors: 
Verhaest, Dieter
Bogaert, Elene
Dereymaeker, Jeroen
Mestdagh, Laura
Baert, Stijn
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9654
Abstract: 
We test the basic assumption underlying the job competition and crowding out hypothesis: that employers always prefer higher educated to lower educated individuals. To this end, we conduct a randomised field experiment in which duos of fictitious applications by bachelor and master graduates are sent to real vacancies requiring only a bachelor degree. Our design allows to look at whether employers' preferences for overqualified versus adequately qualified applicants depend on the demand and supply context, sectoral activity and type of organisation, and characteristics of the posted vacancy. For the overall sample, we find that master graduates are 19% more likely to be directly invited for a job interview. Nonetheless, we conclude that eventual crowding out of bachelor graduates as a consequence of this selection policy is unlikely to be large since the advantage for master graduates is particularly observed for jobs with high overall invitation rates.
Subjects: 
job competition
recruitment
hiring
youth labour market
mismatch
underemployment
overqualification
field experiments
JEL: 
I21
J24
M51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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