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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 147, Issue 2, pp 591–620 | Cite as

Over-Qualification and the Dimensions of Job Satisfaction

  • Inmaculada García-Mainar
  • Víctor M. Montuenga-GómezEmail author
Original Research

Abstract

The spread of over-qualification is a consequence of individuals having acquired more credentials than required at the workplace. In some cases, it may be that this mismatch plays a role in allowing workers to compensate for the lack of some other skills, to escape from unemployment, or to achieve job stability in the labour market. Consequently, workers may feel no less satisfied, at least in some aspects, than adequately-matched workers. The aim of this paper is to analyse the relationship between over-qualification and the various dimensions of job satisfaction in Spain, a country characterised by a strongly-segmented labour market with high unemployment levels, and a significant number of mismatched employees. Using micro data for a representative sample of Spanish workers, we carry out simultaneous maximum likelihood estimations on a two-equation system to control for potential endogeneity. The results obtained provide evidence that does not reject the hypothesis that mismatched workers do not necessarily feel less satisfied than adequately-matched workers in the dimensions of job satisfaction related to extrinsic domains or social relations.

Keywords

Over-qualification Job satisfaction Simulated maximum likelihood estimation Spain 

JEL Classification

D82 I26 J24 J28 J62 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank three anonymous referees as well as participants at the XII Spanish Labour Economics Meeting, for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper.

Funding

Funding was provided by the Autonomous Government of Aragon (Research Group S32-17R), co-financed by ERDF 2014-2020, and University of Zaragoza  (UZ2018-SOC-01).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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