Overeducation and job mobility: Evidence from young recent graduates in Catalonia

  • Mayte Bláquez Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Toni Mora Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Palabras clave: Job search, over-education, job mobility


This paper focuses on how job mobility affects the likelihood of over-education among recent higher education graduates in Catalonia at the early stage of their working life. To this end, we use cross-sectional survey data provided by the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Catalonia (AQU), covering all those individuals who graduated in the 1997-1998 academic year from one of the seven public Catalan universities. The results show that job mobility, measured as the number of jobs held by the individual, increases the likelihood of over-education. However, the incidence of over-education falls in relation to the proportion of permanent contracts prior to the current employment. Finally, we find that the effects of job mobility on over-education hold for both male and female graduates.