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The Determinants of Graduate Over-Education

Mary Silles and Peter Dolton

No 127, Economics Series Working Papers from University of Oxford, Department of Economics

Abstract: Several studies for the UK and other countries have shown that a significant number of university graduates are in jobs that do not require a university degree i.e., over-educated. This paper using data from one large civic university in the UK investigates the true incidence and determinants of over-education. The results indicate that previous studies have largely over-stated the extent of over-education in the graduate labour market. Various labour market constraints as well as the vocational orientation of educational qualification were shown to be among most important factors that influence graduate placement.

Keywords: educational economics; wage differentials (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002-11-01
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