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Immigrants over-education and wage penalty. Evidence from Uruguay

Luciana Méndez-Errico ()
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Luciana Méndez-Errico: Universidad de la República (Uruguay). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración. Instituto de Economí­a

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No 18-16, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Instituto de Economia - IECON

Abstract: This paper examines to what extent recently arrived immigrants in Uruguay experience occupation?over-education in the host labor market, and whether those over-educated workers are penalized in the destination country. Results of this study show that the more immigrants are educated, the more chances they have for being over-educated. Also, immigrants embedded in larger immigrants' social networks are less prone to be over-educated. Findings also stress that for women, over-education is reduced the longer the length of residence in Uruguay and the more years of continuous employment experience they have. Finally, it is found that over-educated immigrants are penalized in the labor market; while only for women, the more they live and continuously work in Uruguay, the larger their labor earnings.

Keywords: Immigration; over-education; wage penalty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J24 J30 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2018-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int, nep-lam, nep-mig and nep-ure
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