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Title: Overeducation in the early career of secondary education graduates: an analysis using sequence techniques
Authors: Verhaest, Dieter ×
Schatteman, Tom
Van Trier, Walter #
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Series Title: Young: the Nordic Journal of Youth Research vol:23 issue:4 pages:336-356
Abstract: Based on monthly observations of their employment and overeducation status in the first seven years after leaving education, we use optimal matching sequence analysis to construct a typology of entry-patterns of Flemish secondary education graduates. We find that for a significant number of young people overeducation constitutes a persistent problem, affecting about half of the sample for nearly the full observation period. Investigating the risk factors shows factors such as having lower human capital endowments or facing job search constraints enhancing the risk of following disadvantageous trajectories. A lower reservation wage seems to make being persistently overeducated more likely. Yet, starting as ‘overeducated’ does not necessarily lead to being stuck in overeducation the rest of the career. About 7% of our sample succeeds in entering an adequate position even after being overeducated for a relatively long period.
ISSN: 1103-3088
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Research Group Education and Lifelong Learning
Department of ECON-CEDON, Campus Brussels
× corresponding author
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