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Overskilling, Job Insecurity and Career Mobility

30 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2007  

Séamus McGuinness

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

This paper uses longitudinal data from Australia to examine the extent to which overskilling - the extent to which work-related skills and abilities are utilized in current employment - is a transitory phenomenon. The results suggest that while overskilled workers are much more likely to want to quit their current job, they are also relatively unconfident of finding an improved job match. Furthermore, some of the greater mobility observed among overskilled workers is due to involuntary job separations, and even in instances where job separations are voluntary, the majority of moves do not result in improved skills matches.

Keywords: overskilling, job insecurity, job mobility, HILDA Survey, Australia

JEL Classification: J62, J24

Suggested Citation

McGuinness, Séamus and Wooden, Mark, Overskilling, Job Insecurity and Career Mobility (July 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2938. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1004502

Séamus McGuinness

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Mark Wooden (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

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Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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