Cross-country differences in graduate overeducation

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Abstract

This article focuses on the explanation of cross-country variation in graduate overeducation using a multilevel analysis. We use data from representative surveys among graduates in 13 European countries and Japan, focusing on the first job and the present job 5 years after graduation. We find that cross-country differences in overeducation are explained by the quality and orientation (general versus specific) of the educational system/programme, the business cycle and the relative oversupply of highly skilled labour. Employment protection legislation has no impact on the incidence and persistence of overeducation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-653
JournalEuropean Sociological Review
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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