Overeducation is a term that has been used to discuss situations in which an individual's education exceeds what is required. On the other side of this issue is the phenomenon of undereducation, which involves workers whose skills are lower than the level required for a job. The concept of overeducation deals greatly with the relationship between schooling and the job market and, although this phenomenon is related to levels of schooling, most research on overeducation has been the work of economists and sociologists. This article on overeducation includes a description of factors that influence overeducation, commonly used measurements of the phenomenon, and, finally, the effects and outcomes of overeducation.

Causes of Overeducation

Overeducation is said to be especially prominent in the United States and in Europe. However, ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles