Educational Mismatch and the Earnings Distribution: Where Does the Mismatch Bite?

Keith Allen Bender, Kristen Roche

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the interrelationship between educational mismatch and earnings taking two new approaches. First, we examine decompositions of the mismatch wage gap, finding that characteristics explain less than half of the mismatch penalty. Second, we use quantile regression to examine the mismatch penalty across the earnings distribution, showing that the penalty shrinks as the position in the earnings distribution increases. Different reasons for mismatch show heterogeneity in the penalty at the mean and at different points in the distribution with larger penalties for being mismatched due to working conditions, location, family, and no available job.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen Business School
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Publication series

NameDiscussion Paper in Economics
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
No.4
Volume17
ISSN (Electronic)0143-4543

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Earnings distribution
Penalty
Educational mismatch
Mismatch
Wage gap
Quantile regression
Decomposition
Interrelationship
Working conditions

Keywords

  • educational mismatch
  • earnings
  • decomposition
  • quantile regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Bender, K. A., & Roche, K. (2017). Educational Mismatch and the Earnings Distribution: Where Does the Mismatch Bite? (Discussion Paper in Economics; Vol. 17, No. 4). University of Aberdeen Business School.

Educational Mismatch and the Earnings Distribution : Where Does the Mismatch Bite? / Bender, Keith Allen; Roche, Kristen .

University of Aberdeen Business School, 2017. (Discussion Paper in Economics; Vol. 17, No. 4).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

Bender, KA & Roche, K 2017 'Educational Mismatch and the Earnings Distribution: Where Does the Mismatch Bite?' Discussion Paper in Economics, no. 4, vol. 17, University of Aberdeen Business School.
Bender KA, Roche K. Educational Mismatch and the Earnings Distribution: Where Does the Mismatch Bite? University of Aberdeen Business School. 2017 Apr. (Discussion Paper in Economics; 4).
Bender, Keith Allen ; Roche, Kristen . / Educational Mismatch and the Earnings Distribution : Where Does the Mismatch Bite?. University of Aberdeen Business School, 2017. (Discussion Paper in Economics; 4).
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