Job search as a determinant of graduate over-education

evidence from Australia

David Carroll, Massimiliano Tani

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This study considers the relationship between job search and over-education amongst recent Australian bachelor degree graduates. Using a panel estimation method, we find that using universities' career offices is associated with a reduced probability of over-education (between 3% and 8%) vis-à-vis responding to a job advertisement or searching through networking. These results are robust to alternative specifications and estimation techniques. As over-education is characterised by high persistence, the role of university career services and fairs in screening and matching the skills of graduands with the needs of employers at the entry point into the labour market cannot be overlooked.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBonn, Germany
PublisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

Publication series

NameIZA discussion paper
PublisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


  • over-education
  • graduate labour market
  • job search

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