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Abstract

We have used longitudinal test data on various aspects of peoples cognitive abilities to analyse whether overeducated workers are more vulnerable to a decline in their cognitive abilities, and undereducated workers are less vulnerable. We found that a job-worker mismatch induces a cognitive decline with respect to immediate and delayed recall abilities, cognitive flexibility and verbal fluency. Our findings indicate that, to some extent, it is the adjustment of the ability level of the overeducated and undereducated workers that adjusts initial job-worker mismatch. This adds to the relevance of preventing overeducation, and shows that being employed in a challenging job contributes to workers cognitive resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-253
Number of pages17
JournalOxford Economic Papers-New Series
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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In: Oxford Economic Papers-New Series, Vol. 60, No. 2, 01.01.2008, p. 237-253.

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