Competencies for young European higher education graduates: labor market mismatches and their payoffs

A.L. Garcia*, R.K.W. van der Velden

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Labor market rewards based on competencies are analyzed using a sample of young european higher education (he) graduates. Estimates of monetary rewards are obtained from conventional earnings regressions, while estimates total rewards are based on job satisfaction and derived through ordered probit regressions. Results for income show that jobs with higher participative and methodological competency requirements are better paid. The results also show that higher requirements in terms of competencies increase graduates’ job satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-239
Number of pages21
JournalHigher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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