This paper analyses the incidence of overeducation of university graduates. To this end, we estimate a random effects model for a panel of European countries. Our results do not confirm that the increase of the supply of qualified labour per se can be seen as a relevant factor fuelling overeducation. The relative wage of university graduates is inversely related to overeducation. This finding suggests a role for the demand for qualified labour. Cyclical conditions also matter, as overeducation operates as a short-term adjustment mechanism. This result sheds new light on the possible effects of the recession currently hitting the industrialized countries and on policy measures needed to foster economic recovery. © 2012 ACES. All rights reserved.
Demand and supply of skilled labour and overeducation in Europe: A country-level analysis / Croce, Giuseppe; Ghignoni, Emanuela. - In: COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC STUDIES. - ISSN 0888-7233. - STAMPA. - 54:2(2012), pp. 413-439. [10.1057/ces.2012.12]