Mismatch of vocational graduates : what penalty on French labour market

Abstract : This study explores individual effects of educational mismatch on wages, job satisfaction and on-the-job-search on French labour market. We distinguish between horizontal matches (job matches with field of studies) and vertical matches (job matches the level of qualification) on the one hand and skills matches (worker's assessment) on the other hand. We use data from the French survey "Generation 98," conducted among a sample of 22780 young vocational graduates asked about their employment situation 3 years after leaving school. We show that whatever the criterion chosen, there is a minority of matched situations. We find that situations of vertical mismatch and skill mismatch have strong negative effects on wages, while situations of horizontal mismatch have not. However, horizontal mismatch increases both job dissatisfaction and the desire to find another job, even if their job is qualified, permanent and reasonably well paid. Implications for the evaluation of vocational training programs are
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Catherine Béduwé, Jean-François Giret. Mismatch of vocational graduates : what penalty on French labour market. Journal of Vocational Behavior, Elsevier, 2011, 78 (1), pp.68-79. ⟨10.1016/j.jvb.2010.09.003⟩. ⟨halshs-00738007⟩



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