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Inefficient self-selection into education and wage inequality

Ordine, P. and Rose, Giuseppe (2011) Inefficient self-selection into education and wage inequality. Economics of Education Review 30 (4), pp. 582-597. ISSN 0272-7757.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2011.03.007

Abstract

This paper proposes a theoretical framework where within graduates wage inequality is related to overeducation/educational mismatch in the labor market. We show that wage inequality may arise because of inefficient self-selection into education in the presence of ability-complementary technological progress and asymmetric information on individuals.ability. In this setting, a crucial role is played by educational quality since it determines the signaling mechanisms in the labor market. We report some empirical evidence on the impact of mismatch, individual ability, family background, and university features on wages of Italian graduates and we suggest the importance of considering education quality as a policy instrument for reducing educational mismatch and wage inequality.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Wage inequality, mismatch, higher education quality, signaling equilibria, selection models
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 08:41
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3203

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