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Educational mismatch and mortality among native-born workers in Sweden. A 19-year longitudinal study of 2.5 million over-educated, matched and under-educated individuals, 1990–2008
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).
2015 (English)In: Sociology of Health and Illness, ISSN 0141-9889, E-ISSN 1467-9566, Vol. 37, no 8, 1314-1336 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study tests the hypothesis that a disjuncture between an individual's attained level of education and that held by average workers in the individual's occupation leads to higher mortality among those with a prolonged mismatched status. Swedish register data are used in a 19-year longitudinal mortality follow-up study of all causes and specific causes of mortality. Participants were all men and women born between 1926 and 1985 who were alive on 1 September 1990, who had concurrent information on their attained level of education and the specific occupation or industry they were employed in during this period for at least a consecutive year. An objective measure of educational and occupational mismatch was constructed from these data. Those with a stable, over-educated matched, or under-educated employment status are included in the final analysis (N=2,482,696). Independent of social, family, employers' characteristics and prior health problems, the findings from a multivariate, stratified Cox regression analysis suggest there is excessive mortality among the over-educated, and a protective effect of under-education among native-born Swedish men and women.

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2015. Vol. 37, no 8, 1314-1336 p.
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educational mismatch, over-education, under-education, status incongruence, mortality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119401DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12312ISI: 000363320700013OAI: diva2:845354
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2015-11-23Bibliographically approved

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