Job Search as a Determinant of Graduate Over-Education: Evidence from Australia
David Carroll () and
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David Carroll: UNSW Canberra
No 7202, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
This study considers the relationship between job search and over-education amongst recent Australian bachelor degree graduates. Using a panel estimation method, we find that using universities' career offices is associated with a reduced probability of over-education (between 3% and 8%) vis-à-vis responding to a job advertisement or searching through networking. These results are robust to alternative specifications and estimation techniques. As over-education is characterised by high persistence, the role of university career services and fairs in screening and matching the skills of graduands with the needs of employers at the entry point into the labour market cannot be overlooked.
Keywords: graduate labour market; over-education; job search (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A22 I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Published in: Education Economics, 2015, 23 (5), 631-644
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