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New Ph.D. thesis

Beyond the perfect match

A vast amount of social science research shows how education is closely tied to inequalities in both the job market and society at large. Yet, for many workers levels of formal education cannot explain the kinds of jobs they work in. Why, for example, do we sometimes find persons lacking much formal education working in well-paid leadership positions, and how come some college graduates apply for low-entry service positions?

Taking the evident existence of nominal mismatch in many labor markets as an entry-point, Jonas Wiedner’s Ph.D. thesis investigates the mechanisms furnishing job market over- and under-qualification. Analyzing data for the UK and West Germany since the 1980s, Wiedner asks why mismatch occurs, how it affects individual behaviors and structural inequalities, and what factors may contribute to different patterns of mismatch in both countries.


Wiedner, Jonas (2020). Against the odds. Education-to-job matches and less-educated workers’ pathways into success (Universtity of Cologne) is freely available here.