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THE ROLE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL IN AVOIDING OVER-EDUCATION (English version)

Blanka Balint ()
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Blanka Balint: Sapientia Foundation – Sapientia University, Miercurea Ciuc

Revista Romana de Sociologie, 2013, vol. 1-2, 101-126

Abstract: In post-socialist countries, overqualification is a current and relevant issue, but despite its importance, this topic does not have a significant presence in the literature, especially in the post-communist region. Starting from the theory of professional reorientation strategies, we can assume that the lack of social capital may be one of the causes of overqualification. In this study, I will attempt an investigation of this hypothesis. The analysis of the issue was performed on the database of the "MOZAIKã2001" sociological survey. The long period of time that has lapsed since the collection of the data requires the verification of the assumptions on a much more recent database, namely the Cultural Consumption Barometer 2010. In order to identify the necessary workplace educational training, I used the occupation classification method. Overqualification was determined by comparing the educational training acquired with the occupation performed. Although the importance of relational resources on the labour market is presented in several studies in the field, the research was only partly able to prove the positive role of social capital in avoiding overqualification.

Keywords: overqualification; social capital; young graduates of university studies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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