Effects, Dynamics and Routes Out of Overqualification in Europe: A Comprehensive Analysis Distinguishing by Employment Status
29 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2014
Date Written: July 10, 2014
This study aims to improve our understanding of overqualification by incorporating distinctions in employment status (i.e., self-employed workers, private employees and public employees) in the analysis of the effects, dynamics and routes out of overqualification. To this end, we apply discrete choice – ordered and non-ordered – and count models to the data obtained from the European Community Household Panel for the EU-15. Our results indicate that overqualification decreases job satisfaction and increases on-the-job search, absenteeism and labour mobility. Furthermore, this analysis suggests that overqualification is a permanent phenomenon and demonstrates that successful routes out of overqualification vary by individual employment status. The implications of these results for education and labour market policies are also discussed.
Keywords: overqualification, job mismatch, self-employment, private paid employment, public paid employment, public intervention, EU-15
JEL Classification: I25, I28, J24, J28, O52
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