Publication
Title
Do employers prefer ôverqualified graduates? A field experiment
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Abstract
We test whether employers prefer overqualified to adequately qualified job candidates. To this end, duos of fictitious applications by bachelor's and master's graduates are sent to real job openings with a bachelor's degree as a minimum requirement. For the overall sample, we find that overqualified master's graduates are 19 percent more likely to be directly invited for a job interview and 11 percent more likely to get any positive reaction. This relative advantage for overqualified workers is found to be higher for bottleneck occupations. Relative preferences also differ across employers within labor- market segments.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Industrial relations: a journal of economy and society / University of California. Institute of Industrial Relations [Berkeley, Calif.] - Berkeley, Calif.
Publication
Berkeley, Calif. : 2018
ISSN
0019-8676
Volume/pages
57:3(2018), p. 361-388
ISI
000434358600002
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 02.08.2018
Last edited 26.07.2021
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