Limited transferability of human capital across countries – the case of workers with foreign qualifications in Germany

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Limited transferability of human capital across countries – the case of workers with foreign qualifications in Germany
AutorInnen: Rohrbach-Schmidt, Daniela; Tiemann, Michael
URN urn:nbn:de:0035-0599-6
Series Academic Discussion Papers
From Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung, Bonn
Publishing house Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB)
Date 2016
Available in English

So far, only limited evidence exists on skill utilisation beyond over- or under-education among immigrants. Our study tries to fill this gap by exploiting recent data of the BIBB/BAuA Employment Survey 2012, which allow for observing levels of both educational and skill mismatch among workers with foreign qualifications. For this, we focus on a sample of immigrant workers that is comparatively highly qualified, and thus respresents a selective sample of the much larger group of all migrants in Germany. The results of a propensity-score based reweighting approach suggest that, even in this selective group, being an immigrant significantly increases the probability of being over-educated, but that some part of the educational mismatch can be attributed to skills heterogeneity.

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