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Job mismatches and career mobility (Institute of Labor Economics discussion paper no 11844)

Examines the effect of job mismatch on upward occupational mobility and upward wage growth during a three-year period, using Australian longitudinal data. Finds no evidence that over-educated workers experience upward wage growth throughout their career path, and shows that when they resign from their current employment, over-educated workers suffer considerable disadvantage in wage payment in their new job, which is in contrast to most previous analyses. Indicates that upward occupational growth is found only among the group of only under-educated workers, whether or not they are skill-matched. Concludes that job mismatch is an economic concern rather than a passing phase, regardless of whether or not workers are skill-matched.


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Wen, Le; Maani, Sholeh A
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