Do Chinese Employers Avoid Hiring Overqualified Workers? Evidence from an Internet Job Board

29 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Kailing Shen

Xiamen University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Peter Kuhn

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

Can having more education than a job requires reduce one's chances of being offered the job? We study this question in a sample of applications to jobs that are posted on an urban Chinese website. We find that being overqualified in this way does not reduce the success rates of university-educated jobseekers applying to college-level jobs, but that it does hurt college-educated workers' chances when applying to jobs requiring technical school, which involves three fewer years of education than college. Our results highlight a difficult situation faced by the recent large cohort of college-educated Chinese workers: They seem to fare poorly in the competition for jobs, both when pitted against more-educated university graduates, and when pitted against less-educated technical school graduates.

Keywords: overqualification, job search, internet, China

JEL Classification: J64, J24

Suggested Citation

Shen, Kailing and Kuhn, Peter J., Do Chinese Employers Avoid Hiring Overqualified Workers? Evidence from an Internet Job Board. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157990 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2157990

Kailing Shen (Contact Author)

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