Overeducation in Europe: trends, convergence and drivers

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Author: McGuinness, Seamus; Bergin, Adele; Whelan, Adele


This paper examines patterns in overeducation between countries using a specifically designed panel dataset constructed from the quarterly Labour Force Surveys of 28 [European Union] EU countries over a 12 to 15 year period. It is not the case that overeducation has been rising rapidly over time in all countries and where overeducation has grown the trend has been very gradual. Furthermore, overeducation rates were found to be static or falling in approximately 50 per cent of the 28 EU countries. The evidence points towards convergence in overeducation at a rate of 3.3 per cent per annum...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Outcomes; Qualifications; Statistics; Research; Policy

Keywords: Education work relationship; Trend; Employment pattern; Underemployment; Relevance of education and training; Longitudinal data; Data analysis; Comparative analysis; European Union; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: Europe

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2017

Physical description: [25] p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 10678

Resource type: Discussion paper

Call number: TD/TNC 128.259

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