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Educational Mismatch: Are High-Skilled Immigrants Really Working at High-Skilled Jobs and the Price They Pay if They Aren’t?
Department of Economics University of Illinois at Chicago and IZA-Institute for the Study of Labor .
Business School University of Western Australia .
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the incidence of the mismatch of the educational attainment and the occupation of employment, and the impact of this mismatch on the earnings, of high-skilled adult male immigrants in the US labor market. Analyses for high-skilled adult male native-born workers are also presented for comparison purposes. The results show that over-education is widespread in the high-skilled US labor market, both forimmigrants and the native born. The extent of over-education declines with duration in the US as high-skilled immigrants obtain jobs commensurate with their educational level. Years of schooling that are above that which is usual for a worker’s occupation are associated with very low increases in earnings. Indeed, in the first 10 to 20 years in the US years of over-education among high-skilled workers have a negative effect on earnings. This ineffective use of surplus education appears across all occupations and high-skilled education levels. Although schooling serves as a pathway to occupational attainment, earnings appear to be more closely linked to a worker’s occupation than to the individual’s level of schooling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 56 p.
SULCIS reports and working papers, ISSN 1654-1189 ; 2010:7
Keyword [en]
Immigrants, Skill, Schooling, Occupations, Earnings, Rates of Return
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118301OAI: diva2:821589
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-15

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