OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers

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This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected labour market, social policy and migration studies prepared for use within the OECD. Authorship is usually collective, but principal writers are named. The papers are generally available only in their original language - English or French - with a summary in the other.

A New Measure of Skills Mismatch

Theory and Evidence from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) You or your institution have access to this content

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Michele Pellizzari1, Anne Fichen2
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  • 1: Fondazione Rodolfo DeBenedetti, Italy

  • 2: OECD, France

19 Dec 2013
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This paper proposes a new measure of skills mismatch that combines information about skill proficiency, self-reported mismatch and skill use. The theoretical foundations underling this measure allow identifying minimum and maximum skill requirements for each occupation and to classify workers into three groups, the well-matched, the under-skilled and the over-skilled. The availability of skill use data further permit the computation of the degree of under and overusage of skills in the economy. The empirical analysis is carried out using the first wave of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) and the findings are compared across skill domains, labour market status and countries.
mismatch, skills
JEL Classification:
  • J0: Labor and Demographic Economics / General
  • J20: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / General
  • J24: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Human Capital ; Skills ; Occupational Choice ; Labor Productivity
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