Friday, 2 November 2012

Over-education across British Regions

an article by Pamela Lenton (Department of Economics, University of Sheffield) published in Regional Studies Volume 46 Issue 9 (October 2012)


This paper analyses levels of over-education and wage returns to education for males across eleven regions of the UK using Labour Force Survey data.

Significant differences are found in the probability of being over-educated across regions; also, differences are found in the return to the ‘correct’ level of education in each region, in each case associated with flexibility of movement between and into particular regions, which determines the ease of job matching.

Furthermore, evidence is found that, after controlling for the level of education acquired, there exists a premium to the ‘correct’ level of education, which varies across UK regions.

JEL classifications: I121, J24

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