AIAS Lunch Seminar 29 september - Michael Sattinger - Randstad Chair/University at Albany, Department of Economics

Qualitative Mismatches

Day: Thursday 29 September
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 3rd floor, M building, Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email before Tuesday 27 September, 12.00 hrs to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


Qualitative mismatches arise when the qualifications of workers, individually or in the aggregate, are different from the qualifications required or specified for their jobs. This study reviews the literature on qualitative mismatches, including overeducation, job mobility and shifts in demands and supplies of workers, and relates it to ongoing phenomena such as search and matching models of unemployment, job polarization, inequality, and the race between technology and education. The approach taken here introduces the distinction between short run qualitative mismatches for individual workers and employers and long run aggregate qualitative mismatches arising from changes in the quantity demanded or supplied in a category of the labor market. The study considers the role of employment agencies in reducing qualitative mismatches as well as other policies that would improve the operation of the labor market.

Part of a research project with Ernest Berkhout, Jules Theeuwes and Maikel Volkering, to be published by SEO Economic Research and Randstad

The presenter

Michael Sattinger
Department of Economics
University at Albany
Albany, NY 12222

Phone: (518) 442-4761
Fax: (518) 442-4736

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