Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/203474
Authors: 
Van Wolleghem, Pierre Georges
De Angelis, Marina
Scicchitano, Sergio
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 398
Abstract: 
Whilst migration has become a structural feature of most European countries, the integration of foreigners in the labour market continues to raise concerns. Evidence across countries shows that migrants are more often over-educated than natives. Over the last years, scholarship has intended to capture the effect of informal networks on migrants’ over-education. Interestingly, no study has looked into the Italian case, yet a country for which the effect of networks on education-occupation mismatch is well documented. This article has two objectives: it assesses the extent to which over-education affects migrants and it evaluates the role informal networks play in producing it. We find that foreigners are more over-educated than natives but that the role of networks is consistent across the two groups. Empirical evidence is drawn from the application of quantitative and counter-factual methods to PLUS 2018 – Participation, Labour, Unemployment Survey.
Subjects: 
Network
Over-education
Migrants
labour market
JEL: 
F22
J61
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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