Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58335
Authors: 
Baert, Stijn
Cockx, Bart
Verhaest, Dieter
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper: Economics of Education 3825
Abstract: 
This study investigates whether young unemployed graduates who accept a job below their level of education accelerate or delay the transition into a job that matches their level of education. We adopt the Timing of Events approach to identify this dynamic treatment effect using monthly calendar data from a representative sample of Flemish (Belgian) youth who started searching for a job right after leaving formal education. We find that overeducation is a trap. This trap is especially important early in the unemployment spell. Our results are robust across various specifications and for two overeducation measures.
Subjects: 
overqualification
underemployment
school-to-work transitions
duration analysis
dynamic treatment
JEL: 
C21
C41
I21
J24
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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