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Immigrant over- and under-education: the role of home country labour market experience

Matloob Piracha (), Max Tani and Florin Vadean ()

IZA Journal of Migration and Development, 2012, vol. 1, issue 1, 1-21

Abstract: Literature on the immigrant labour market mismatch has not explored the signal provided by the quality of home country work experience, particularly that of education-occupation mismatch prior to migration. We show that type of work experience in the home country plays a significant role in explaining immigrant mismatch in the destination country’s labour market. We use the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia and find that having been over-educated in the last job held in the home country increases the likelihood of being over-educated in Australia by about 45 percent. Whereas having been under-educated in the home country has an even stronger impact, as it increases the probability to be similarly mismatched in Australia by 62 percent. Copyright Piracha et al.; licensee Springer. 2012

Keywords: Immigration; Education-occupation mismatch; Sample selection; C34; J24; J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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