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Do Chinese Employers Avoid Hiring Overqualified Workers? Evidence from an Internet Job Board

Kailing Shen () and Peter Kuhn ()

No 6848, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Can having more education than a job requires reduce one's chances of being offered the job? We study this question in a sample of applications to jobs that are posted on an urban Chinese website. We find that being overqualified in this way does not reduce the success rates of university-educated jobseekers applying to college-level jobs, but that it does hurt college-educated workers' chances when applying to jobs requiring technical school, which involves three fewer years of education than college. Our results highlight a difficult situation faced by the recent large cohort of college-educated Chinese workers: They seem to fare poorly in the competition for jobs, both when pitted against more-educated university graduates, and when pitted against less-educated technical school graduates.

Keywords: internet; job search; overqualification; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012-09
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Published in: Corrado Giulietti, Konstantinos Tatsiramos and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.), Research in Labor Economics, vol 37, Labor Market Issues in China, Emerald, 2013

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