Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/195036
Authors: 
Montt, Guillermo
Year of Publication: 
2017
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Labor Economics [ISSN:] 2193-8997 [Volume:] 6 [Year:] 2017 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 1-20
Abstract: 
Field-of-study mismatch occurs when a worker, trained in a particular field, works in another field. This study draws on the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) to explore how skill supply and labour market demand dynamics influence mismatch. It updates cross-national estimates on mismatch and estimates the mismatch wage penalty. Findings suggest that around 40% of workers are mismatched by field at their qualification level, 11% overqualified in their field and 13% overqualified and working outside their field. The saturation of the field in the labour market and the transferability of the fields' skills predict the incidence of field-of-study mismatch and overqualification. Workers who are mismatched by field only suffer a wage penalty if they are overqualified.
JEL: 
J24
J31
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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