M. van Ham
- Overeducation, regional labour markets, and spatial flexibility
- Journal of Urban Economics
- Volume | Issue number
- 53 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
For most workers, access to suitable employment is severely restricted by the fact that they look for jobs in the regional labor market rather than the global one. In this paper we analyze how macrolevel opportunities (regional market characteristics) and microlevel restrictions (the extent to which job searchers are restricted to the regional market) can help to explain the phenomenon of overeducation. We use a two-step procedure to control selective access to employment. The results show that the size of the labor market is an important factor in avoiding overeducation.
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