Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52032
Authors: 
Piracha, Matloob
Tani, Massimiliano
Vadean, Florin
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5302
Abstract: 
The cause of immigrant education mismatch in the host country labour market might not necessarily be discrimination or imperfect transferability of human capital, as argued in previous studies. Immigrants who have gained professional experience in the home country in jobs below their education level might be assessed by host country employers as having lower abilities and skills than those expected from their educational qualifications. Using the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia we show that a significant part of the variation in the immigrants' probability to be over-/under-educated in the Australian labour market can be explained by having been over-/under-educated in the last job in the home country.
Subjects: 
immigrants
education-occupation mismatch
sample selection
JEL: 
C34
J24
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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