Does Employment Protection Affect Qualification Mismatch?

Agata Maida, Cristina Tealdi

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This article investigates the effect of the relaxation of the rigidity of employment protection legislation in dual economies on qualification mismatch, measured as the sum of over‐education and under‐education. Using a unique matched employer–employee flow dataset, the effect of two reforms, which significantly modified the rules for the utilization of temporary contracts in Italy, is studied. By increasing the relative flow of workers on short‐term contracts, the short‐term contract reform is found to have reduced the relative flow of over‐educated workers. However, this result holds only for older male workers, while no effect is found for female and younger workers. The apprenticeship reform instead had no major effects on the relative flow of mismatched workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-729
Number of pages29
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number3
Early online date3 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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