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Immigrant Over- and Under-education: The Role of Home Country Labour Market Experience

Matloob Piracha (), Max Tani and Florin Vadean ()

Studies in Economics from School of Economics, University of Kent

Abstract: Literature on the immigrant labour market mismatch has not explored the signal provided by the quality of home country work experience, particularly that of education-occupation mismatch prior to migration. We show that type of work experience in the home country plays a significant role in explaining immigrant mismatch in the destination country’s labour market. We use the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia and find that having been over-educated in the last job held in the home country increases the likelihood of being over-educated in Australia by about 45 percent. Whereas having been under-educated in the home country has an even stronger impact, as it increases the probability to be similarly mismatched in Australia by 61 percent.

Keywords: immigration; education-occupation mismatch; sample selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C34 J24 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab and nep-mig
Date: 2011-04
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