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Overeducation and job mobility: Evidence from young recent graduates in Catalonia

Mayte Bláquez and Toni Mora ()
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Mayte Bláquez: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Revista de Economía Laboral - Spanish Journal of Labour Economics, 2010, vol. 7, No 1, 64-84

Abstract: This paper focuses on how job mobility affects the likelihood of over-education among recent higher education graduates in Catalonia at the early stage of their working life. To this end, we use cross-sectional survey data provided by the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Catalonia (AQU), covering all those individuals who graduated in the 1997-1998 academic year from one of the seven public Catalan universities. The results show that job mobility, measured as the number of jobs held by the individual, increases the likelihood of over-education. However, the incidence of over-education falls in relation to the proportion of permanent contracts prior to the current employment. Finally, we find that the effects of job mobility on over-education hold for both male and female graduates.

Keywords: Job search; over-education; job mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J24 J60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
Note: Vol. 7, Núm. 1 (2010)
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