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The Over-Education of UK Immigrants and Minority Ethnic Groups: Evidence from the Labour Force Survey

Lindley, JK (2009) The Over-Education of UK Immigrants and Minority Ethnic Groups: Evidence from the Labour Force Survey Economics of Education Review, 28 (1). 80 - 89. ISSN 0272-7757

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Abstract

The paper explores the incidence of over and under education and the effect on earnings for immigrants and natives who hold UK qualifications, drawn from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey 1993–2003. The paper also compares earnings penalties associated with over and under education across immigrant and minority ethnic groups for men and women. The results show that compared to Whites, Black African, Other Non-White and Indian men are more likely to be over-educated, whilst for women it is Indian and Pakistani/Bangladeshi's who are more likely to be over-educated. Estimating earnings equations shows significantly large over-education penalties for South Asian immigrant and native men, as well as White immigrant men, Black women and White UK born women. However, there are large returns to occupational skills for some minority ethnic and immigrant groups, over and above the returns to qualifications. It is suggested that these groups may therefore find it easier to find a suitable job for their UK education level if higher or further education programmes for immigrants were combined with occupational specific training.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Economics of Education Review. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Economics of Education Review, 28(1), February 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2007.11.003
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Economics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 12:25
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:23
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/431135

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