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Overeducation and wages: the role of cognitive skills and personality traits

Marta Palczyńska

No 03/2020, IBS Working Papers from Instytut Badan Strukturalnych

Abstract: This article investigates the role of personality traits and cognitive skills as potential determinants of overeducation and in explaining overeducation wage penalty. Using a representative survey of the Polish working-age population, with well-established measures of cognitive skills and personality traits, I find that accounting for personality and cognitive skills does not change the size and the statistical significance of overeducation wage penalty estimates. My results also demonstrate that personality is one of the contributors to the risk of being overeducated among workers aged 18 to 29 but not among people aged 30 to 68. Among younger workers agreeable individuals are more likely to be overeducated while conscientious ones are less likely. Moreover, lower cognitive skills are associated with the probability of being overeducated.

Keywords: overeducation; educational mismatch; wages; personality traits; cognitive skills; numeracy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 I26 J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2020-05
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