Major-occupation match quality : an empirical measure based on relative productivity
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The match quality between a worker’s field of study in college and her occupation is an important labor market outcome. Yet this match quality is difficult to define and measure. We propose a new measure of major-occupation match quality based on relative productivity. A worker is well-matched if graduates from her major, working in her occupation, have high earnings relative to other major-occupation pairs. We show that some majors can be very well-matched or very badly matched (e.g., nursing), while others are never very well- or badly matched (e.g., humanities). Our measure has two desirable features: it is continuous, and it can be estimated in any data set including field of study, wage, and occupation.
Leighton , M A & Speer , J D 2023 , ' Major-occupation match quality : an empirical measure based on relative productivity ' , The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy , vol. 23 , no. 1 , pp. 285-292 . https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2022-0254
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