Education-Occupation Mismatch and Social Networks for Hispanics in the US: Role of Citizenship

35 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2020

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Kusum Mundra

Department of Economics, Rutgers University, Newark

Fernando Rios Avila

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Abstract

In this paper we examine the education and occupation mismatch for Hispanics in the US using a novel objective continuous mismatch index and explore the role of immigrants' social networks on this mismatch. We explore whether having a larger social network helps Hispanics in finding jobs that better match with their skill and education levels or whether living in areas with larger concentration of Hispanics leads to more competition for the same jobs in the labor market. Given that the legal status of immigrants influence how the social networks are leveraged and their impact on labor market outcomes, we focus on the citizenship status for Hispanics. The quality of match between Hispanic's college degree major and occupation is measured using one of the continuous indices proposed in Rios-Avila and Saavedra-Caballero (2019) and calculated using pooled data for all college graduates in the US from 2010 to 2017. The Hispanic networks measures are constructed as the share of Hispanic population who are 25 years or older with respect to the total population of the same age and the second measure only includes Hispanics with at least a bachelor's degree using the weighted pooled data from 2010 to 2015. We find that networks have a positive impact on the job-match quality, but mostly for Hispanic citizens and this effect is stronger when the networks constitutes of at least a college degree. This shows that Hispanic citizens living in higher concentration of Hispanic college graduates are better able to leverage their networks or their networks are better able to match them with jobs closer to their field of specialization and skill set.

Keywords: education-occupation mismatch, horizontal mismatch, social networks, hispanics, citizenship

JEL Classification: J15, J24, J61

Suggested Citation

Mundra, Kusum and Rios Avila, Fernando, Education-Occupation Mismatch and Social Networks for Hispanics in the US: Role of Citizenship. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12975, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3542644

Kusum Mundra (Contact Author)

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Fernando Rios Avila

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )

Blithewood, Bard College
Annandale, NY 12504-5000
United States

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