Title: A descriptive analysis of the evolution of occupational mismatch in Europe
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC103228
ISBN: 978-92-79-63488-8
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28198 EN
OP LF-NA-28198-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC103228
DOI: 10.2791/495552
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Using the two surveys on adult skills- IALS and PIAAC- we investigate the evolution of occupational mismatch in Europe. We focus on both overeducation and overskilling and study how the incidence of the two phenomena in the years covered by the surveys: mid 90s and 2011. Our main findings are that in both time periods a substantial share of the working population is in a mismatched job, with great heterogeneities by countries and that overeducation and overskill seem to capture two distinct phenomena as the share of individuals who is mismatch in both categories is low relative to the ones who are mismatch in either one of the two. In addition we exploit heterogeneities by countries and by age groups and find that: (a) a group of countries (PL, SE and UK) have decreased their share of only overeducated workers, compensating it with an increase in share of overskilled workers; (b) overeducation and overskilling seem to decrease as individuals get older (c) greater overeducation is observed for the younger cohorts, especially in BE, DK, IE, FI, NL and SE.
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