Essays on the match between higher education and work

Date: 17 December 2015

Venue: University of Antwerp, Promotiezaal Grauwzusters - Lange SInt-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerp

Time: 4:00 PM

PhD candidate: Sana Sellami

Principal investigator: Prof Walter Nonneman

Co-principal investigator: Prof Dieter Verhaest

Short description: PhD defence Sana Sellami - Faculty of Applied Economics


In this thesis Sana Sellami focusses on the match between higher education and work.

Two forms of mismatches are the main subjects within this thesis, these are overeducation and horizontal mismatch.

Within this thesis we focus on three main objectives:

  • (1) the measurement methods of field of study mismatch and the impact of the use of different measurement approaches on the determinants of mismatch,
  • (2) determinants of the alternative combinations of educational mismatch and
  • (3) consequences of the combinations of mismatch on wages and job satisfaction.

For the analyses the SONAR data and the REFLEX and HEGESCO data have been used. Different techniques are used to analyze the abovementioned topics, such as panel data techniques to control for unobserved heterogeneity and IV analysis to account for measurement error.