Sholeh Maani, University of Auckland - Educational Job Mismatch and Employee Job Satisfaction and Quit Behaviour: Insights from a Longitudinal Analysis

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Title: Educational Job Mismatch and Employee Job Satisfaction and Quit Behaviour: Insights from a Longitudinal Analysis

Abstract: This paper presents a longitudinal analysis on the relationship between job educational mismatch and important work-related outcomes for employees in Australia. A dynamic random-effects probit model is applied to the HILDA panel data set across ten years.  The modelling approach adopted accounts for unobserved heterogeneity and potential endogeneity, both of which are important in educational job mismatch analysis.  Results show that Over-education accompanied by skill under-utilisation has a significant negative effect on overall job satisfaction, but positive effect on the possibility of receiving on-the-job training. The opportunity of obtaining on-the-job training retains job mismatched workers in their employment. ‘Job satisfaction’ intensifies and ‘on-the-job training’ affect educationally mismatched and skill underutilised workers’ quitting behaviour. The results are expected to provide useful information for human resource managers to allocate labour resource efficiently when they recruit and manage employees.

Presenter: Sholeh Maani, University of Auckland

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