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Overeducation at the Start of the Career: Stepping Stone or Trap?

Stijn Baert (), Bart Cockx () and Dieter Verhaest ()

No 6562, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This study investigates whether young unemployed graduates who accept a job below their level of education accelerate or delay the transition into a job that matches their level of education. We adopt the Timing of Events approach to identify this dynamic treatment effect using monthly calendar data from a representative sample of Flemish (Belgian) youth who started searching for a job right after leaving formal education. We find that overeducation is a trap. This trap is especially important early in the unemployment spell. Our results are robust across various specifications and for two overeducation measures.

Keywords: dynamic treatment; duration analysis; school-to-work transitions; underemployment; overqualification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 C41 I21 J24 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
Date: 2012-05
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Published - revised version published in: Labour Economics, 2013, 25, 123-140 [Online]

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