Abstract

ABSTRACT:

A large literature studies the wage consequences of "overeducation" in the sense of a worker, by some measure, having a higher level of education than is required for the job. We use unique new data to reexamine the common interpretation that initial overeducation represents a harmful type of mismatch that arises due to information-induced frictions. We contrast this with the alternative that college graduates are heterogeneous with respect to their human capital and that the labor market is appropriately allocating them to jobs, even when many are observed starting in jobs that do not require a college degree.

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