Overeducation and Overskilling: Second Generation Australians

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Messinis, George (2008) Overeducation and Overskilling: Second Generation Australians. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


This study utilises HILDA data to evaluate the performance of second generation Australians in full-time employment over the period 2001-2005. Attention is paid to the effects and key drivers of overeducation and overskilling. Quantile regression is employed to account for non-random sample selection. The evidence provides several new insights: (a) Greek-Australians are overeducated; (b) Asian languages and Chinese or Vietnamese ancestry associate with a wage premium; (c) the returns to tertiary education, overeducation and overskilling very with ability; (d) parental occupational status is a key determinant of overeducation; and (e) lack of employer provision for new skills and personality traits are important drivers of overskilling.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15902
DOI CSES Working papers No. 41
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Keywords ResPubID15574, HILDA, OECD, migrant education, overskilling, overeducation
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