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The Impact of Educational Mismatch on Firm Productivity: Evidence from Linked Panel Data

Stephan Kampelmann () and Francois Rycx ()

No 12-05, DULBEA Working Papers from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: We provide first evidence regarding the direct impact of educational mismatch on firm productivity. To do so, we rely on representative linked employer-employee panel data for Belgium covering the period 1999-2006. Controlling for simultaneity issues, time-invariant unobserved workplace characteristics, cohort effects and dynamics in the adjustment process of productivity, we find that: i) a higher level of required education exerts a significantly positive influence on firm productivity, ii) additional years of over-education (both among young and older workers) are beneficial for firm productivity, and iii) additional years of under-education (among young workers) are detrimental for firm productivity.

Keywords: Educational mismatch; Productivity; Linked panel data; GMM (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 p.
Date: 2012-12-19
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