Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/179539
Authors: 
Ulceluse, Magdalena
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 219
Abstract: 
The paper investigates whether self-employment represents a way to reduce overeducation and improve labour market matching, in a comparative analysis between immigrants and natives. Using the EU Labour Force Survey for the year 2012, and controlling for a list of demographic characteristics and general characteristics of 30 destination countries, I find that the likelihood of being overeducated decreases for self-employed immigrants, with inconclusive results for self-employed natives. The results shed light on the extent to which immigrants adjust to labour market imperfections and barriers to employment and might help explain the higher incidence of self-employment that immigrants exhibit, when compared to natives. This is the first study to systematically study the nexus between overeducation and self-employment in a comparative framework. Moreover, the paper tests the robustness of the results by employing two different measures of overeducation, contributing to the literature of the measurement of overeducation.
Subjects: 
self-employment
immigrants
skills mismatch
overeducation
JEL: 
J15
J24
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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