Vladimir Gimpelson1, Rostislav Kapeliushnikov1, Tatyana Karabchuk1, Zinaida Ryzhikova, T. Bilyak2
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation
  • 2 Rosstat, 39, bld. 1, Myasnitskaya str., Moscow, 107450, Russia

Choice of Occupation: Where Have We Studied and Where Are We Working?

2009. Vol. 13. No. 2. P. 172–216 [issue contents]
The paper examines the quality of matching between fields of study and actual occupations in Russia. The analysis based on microdata from the 2006 Labour Force Survey data deals separately with university (tertiary A level) and college (tertiary B level) types of education. Applying multinomial logit regression technique, we estimate expected probabilities of occupational mobility conditional upon demographic characteristics and upon field of education. The most general conclusion is that the scale of mismatch is very large hinting on massive underutilization of human capital. We rely on very conservative estimates allowing that actual mismatch is likely to be even larger.
Citation: Gimpel'son V., Kapeliushnikov R., Karabchuk T., Ryzhikova Z., Bilyak T. (2009) Vybor professii: chemu uchilis' i gde prigodilis'? [Choice of Occupation: Where Have We Studied and Where Are We Working?]. Ekonomicheskiy zhurnal VShE, vol. 13, no 2, pp. 172-216 (in Russian)
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