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The relationship between formal education and skill acquisition in young workers' first jobs

Dieter Verhaest (UGent) and Eddy Omey (UGent)
(2013) MANCHESTER SCHOOL. 81(4). p.638-659
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We analyse whether formal education and on-the-job skill acquisition are substitutes or complements for a sample of Flemish school-leavers. Skill acquisition is measured directly through subjective assessments. We find that higher educated workers are more likely to acquire additional skills. While this is primarily explained by between-occupation effects, also within-occupation effects are revealed. Undereducated workers have lower overall skill acquisition probabilities than adequately educated workers in similar occupations; overeducated workers with a vocational degree acquire fewer transferable or general skills than their adequately educated colleagues. Overeducated workers also acquire fewer additional skills than adequately educated workers with similar educational backgrounds.
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OVEREDUCATION, OVER-EDUCATION, CAREER MOBILITY, TECHNOLOGICAL-CHANGE, WAGES, TESTS, MISMATCH, COMPETENCES, UNDEREDUCATION

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Verhaest, Dieter, and Eddy Omey. 2013. “The Relationship Between Formal Education and Skill Acquisition in Young Workers’ First Jobs.” Manchester School 81 (4): 638–659.
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Verhaest, D., & Omey, E. (2013). The relationship between formal education and skill acquisition in young workers’ first jobs. MANCHESTER SCHOOL, 81(4), 638–659.
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Verhaest D, Omey E. The relationship between formal education and skill acquisition in young workers’ first jobs. MANCHESTER SCHOOL. 2013;81(4):638–59.
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Verhaest, Dieter, and Eddy Omey. “The Relationship Between Formal Education and Skill Acquisition in Young Workers’ First Jobs.” MANCHESTER SCHOOL 81.4 (2013): 638–659. Print.
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  abstract     = {We analyse whether formal education and on-the-job skill acquisition are substitutes or complements for a sample of Flemish school-leavers. Skill acquisition is measured directly through subjective assessments. We find that higher educated workers are more likely to acquire additional skills. While this is primarily explained by between-occupation effects, also within-occupation effects are revealed. Undereducated workers have lower overall skill acquisition probabilities than adequately educated workers in similar occupations; overeducated workers with a vocational degree acquire fewer transferable or general skills than their adequately educated colleagues. Overeducated workers also acquire fewer additional skills than adequately educated workers with similar educational backgrounds.},
  author       = {Verhaest, Dieter and Omey, Eddy},
  issn         = {1463-6786},
  journal      = {MANCHESTER SCHOOL},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {638--659},
  title        = {The relationship between formal education and skill acquisition in young workers' first jobs},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2012.02305.x},
  volume       = {81},
  year         = {2013},
}

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