Econometric analysis of educational mismatch and earnings using survey data from Ghana

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  • Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration


This chapter evaluates empirical methodologies that relate to the measurement of educational mismatch and estimation of earning regressions. The realised matches method and objective method are used to show evidence of the incidence of educational mismatch among wage workers in the Ghana labour market and their effects on earnings. We use micro data from the recent 2012/13 Ghana Living Standards Survey. The results indicate that each method produces different incidences of educational mismatch, although the associated returns to over and undereducation are similar. Our findings from OLS selectivity-corrected regressions highlight wage premium for workers with excess years of schooling than is required for their jobs, while a wage penalty is observed for workers with fewer years of schooling than is required for their jobs.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research Methods on The Quality of Working Lives
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Research Methods in Management
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing