Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/182107
Authors: 
Boll, Christina
Rossen, Anja
Wolf, André
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
HWWI Research Paper No. 184
Abstract: 
This study investigates the incidence of overeducation among graduate workers in 21 EU countries and its underlying factors based on the European Labor Force Survey 2016 (EU-LFS). Although controlling for a wide range of covariates, the particular interest lies in the role of fields of study for vertical educational mismatch. The study reveals country and gender differences in the impact of these factors. Compared to Social Sciences, male graduates from e.g. Education, Health and Welfare, Engineering, and ICT are less and those from e.g. Services and Natural Sciences are more at risk in a clear majority of countries. These findings hold for the majority of countries and are robust against a change of the standard education. However, countries show different gendered patterns of fieldspecific risks. We suggest that occupational closure, productivity signals and gender stereotypes answer for these cross-field and cross-country differentials. Moreover, country fixed effects point to relevant structural differences between national labour markets and between educational systems.
Subjects: 
field of study
college major
overeducation
vertical mismatch
gender
realized matches
household context
EU countries
Labour Force Survey
JEL: 
J24
J21
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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