The Problem of Overskilling in Australia and Britain
Seamus McGuinness (),
Nigel C. O'Leary (),
Peter Sloane () and
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Nigel C. O'Leary: Swansea University
No 3136, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
This paper examines the parallel trends in education and labour market developments in Australia and Britain. It uses unique information in the WERS and HILDA surveys on reported overskilling in the workplace. To a degree, the overskilling information overcomes the problem of unobserved ability differences and focuses on the actual job-employee mismatch more than the conventional overeducation variables can. The paper finds that the prevalence of overskilling decreases with education at least for Australia, but the wage penalty associated with overskilling increases with education. Although the general patterns of overskilling (prevalence and penalties) are fairly similar between Australia and Britain, the problem appears to be greater in Britain.
Keywords: Australia; overeducation; overskilling; Britain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 44 pages
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Published in: Manchester School, 2010, 78(3), 219-238
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Journal Article: THE PROBLEM OF OVERSKILLING IN AUSTRALIA AND BRITAIN (2010)
Working Paper: The Problem of Overskilling in Australia and Britain (2007)
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