Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21430
Authors: 
Büchel, Felix
Battu, Harminder
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 511
Abstract: 
The theory of differential overqualification, developed by Robert Frank (1978), claims that married women in smaller labor markets have a higher risk of working in jobs for which they are overqualified. This stems from the problem of dual job search for couples which is much more difficult to optimize than single job search. Here, for several reasons husbands tend to first optimize their individual job search. Their wives are "tied movers" or "tied stayers" in the sense that their job search is undertaken under the condition that the job search of their husbands is optimized. This leads especially in smaller labor markets to a higher risk of a mismatch between formal qualifications and job requirements. The only specific empirical test of this theory, until now, has been performed by McGoldrick and Robst (1996). Their results, using US data, do not support the theory. Using German panel data (GSOEP), we also test the theory of differential overqualification. Unlike previous studies we control for commuting distances and our own results provide some mixed support for the differential overqualification hypothesis.
Subjects: 
overqualification
regional migration
marriage
gender
JEL: 
J24
J16
J61
I21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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