Overeducation and overskilling in Australia: Second generation Greek-Australians and Italian-Australians

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Messinis, George (2008) Overeducation and overskilling in Australia: Second generation Greek-Australians and Italian-Australians. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


We utilise HILDA data over the period 2001-2005 to evaluate the performance of second generation Greek-Australians and Italian-Australians in the labour market. We focus on the effect of overeducation, undereducation, languages-other-than-English (LOTE), and ethnicity on weekly earnings of full-time workers. The evidence has a follows: (a) most Greek-Australians are over-represented amongst the overeducated; (b) overeducation and overskilling can be attributed to a lack of new skills on the job, parental occupational status, non-English speaking overseas born, and unobserved characteristics of second generation females; (c) LOTE does not seem to make a contribution to earning of individual workers, and (d) the use of LOTE amongst the two second generation groups has declined; second generation women in part-time employment are an exception.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15906
DOI No. 37
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Keywords Italian-Australians, Greek-Australians, Australian labour market, HILDA, LOTE, overeducation, overskilling
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