Migrant Educational Mismatch and the Labour Market

27 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2012

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Matloob Piracha

University of Kent - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Florin Vadean

PSSRU, University of Kent

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on educational mismatch of immigrants in the labour market of destination countries. It draws on the theoretical arguments postulated in the labour economics literature and discusses their extension in the analysis of the causes and effects of immigrants' educational mismatch in the destination country. Relevant empirical approaches have been presented which show that immigrants are in general more over-educated than natives and that the reasons for those range from imperfect transferability of human capital to discrimination to perhaps lack of innate ability. It then assesses the state of current literature and proposes an agenda for further research.

Keywords: immigration, education-occupation mismatch

JEL Classification: J24, J61

Suggested Citation

Piracha, Matloob and Vadean, Florin, Migrant Educational Mismatch and the Labour Market. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6414, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2028294

Matloob Piracha (Contact Author)

University of Kent - Department of Economics ( email )

Keynes College
Kent, CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Florin Vadean

PSSRU, University of Kent ( email )

George Allen Wing
Cornwallis Building
Kent, CT2 7NF
United Kingdom

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