Immigrant over- and under-education

the role of home country labour market experience

Matloob Piracha*, Massimiliano Tani, Florin Vadean

*Corresponding author for this work

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Literature on the immigrant labour market mismatch has not explored the signal provided by the quality of home country work experience, particularly that of education-occupation mismatch prior to migration. We show that type of work experience in the home country plays a significant role in explaining immigrant mismatch in the destination country’s labour market. We use the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia and find that having been over-educated in the last job held in the home country increases the likelihood of being over-educated in Australia by about 45 percent. Whereas having been under-educated in the home country has an even stronger impact, as it increases the probability to be similarly mismatched in Australia by 62 percent.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalIZA Journal of Migration
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • C34
  • Education-occupation mismatch
  • Immigration
  • J24
  • J61
  • Sample selection

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