Earnings and "skill" allocation in the Canadian labor market

Ying Chu NG*

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Using the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, the incidence of skills mismatches in the Canadian workforce was found to be about 27percent. The overeducated (undereducated) were found to earn less (more) than their adequately educated counterparts. The overeducated could realize a wage gain by finding the "right" job, while the undereducated would gain by adjusting their skill level. Based on the Oaxaca decomposition, it was concluded that better skills allocation would help to narrow gender wage differentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)964-980+981
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Manpower
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

User-Defined Keywords

  • Canada
  • Earnings
  • Education
  • Labour market
  • Skills based pay


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