Job-Worker Mismatch and Cognitive Decline

Posted: 24 Jun 2008

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Andries de Grip

Maastricht School of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Hans Bosma

Maastricht University

Dick Willems

Maastricht University

Martin van Boxtel

Maastricht University

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Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

We have used longitudinal test data on various aspects of people's cognitive abilities to analyse whether overeducated workers are more vulnerable to a decline in their cognitive abilities, and undereducated workers are less vulnerable. We found that a job-worker mismatch induces a cognitive decline with respect to immediate and delayed recall abilities, cognitive flexibility and verbal fluency. Our findings indicate that, to some extent, it is the adjustment of the ability level of the overeducated and undereducated workers that adjusts initial job-worker mismatch. This adds to the relevance of preventing overeducation, and shows that being employed in a challenging job contributes to workers cognitive resilience.

JEL Classification: J24, I19, I29

Suggested Citation

de Grip, Andries and Bosma, Hans and Willems, Dick and van Boxtel, Martin, Job-Worker Mismatch and Cognitive Decline (April 2008). Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 60, Issue 2, pp. 237-253, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1150603 or http://dx.doi.org/gpm023

Andries De Grip (Contact Author)

Maastricht School of Business and Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Hans Bosma

Maastricht University

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Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

Dick Willems

Maastricht University

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Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

Martin Van Boxtel

Maastricht University

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

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