Overeducation, regional labor markets, and spatial flexibility

F Büchel, M van Ham

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    For most workers, access to suitable employment is severely restricted by the fact that they look for jobs in the regional labor market rather than the global one. In this paper we analyze how macrolevel opportunities (regional market characteristics) and microlevel restrictions (the extent to which job searchers are restricted to the regional market) can help to explain the phenomenon of overeducation. We use a two-step procedure to control selective access to employment. The results show that the size of the labor market is an important factor in avoiding overeducation. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)482-493
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Urban Economics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2003


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