Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
Overeducation Among Swedish Youth
() and Inga Persson
Abstract: In this paper we analyse the changes that have taken place
on the supply and demand sides of the Swedish labour market during recent
decades, with particular focus on youths and the extent to which Swedish
youths have become “overeducated”. We first provide an overview of
theoretical and measurement issues related to the concept of overeducation.
Against this background we then survey some of the findings from earlier
studies of the evolution of the demand and supply of skills in Sweden and
of the extent and character of over- and undereducation. We then look
specifically at overeducation among Swedish youths during their labour
market entrance and early career and discuss the main issues related to
overeducation that have been raised in the Swedish public debate.
Keywords: Overeducation; mismatch; wage-premium; youth employment; Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J21; J24; J31; (follow links to similar papers)
62 pages, January 31, 2008
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