Webinar: Do Immigrants Experience Education-Job Mismatch? New Evidence from the U.S. PIAAC


On September 14th, please join the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for a presentation and discussion on findings from a recent Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) research paper that investigates the factors associated with education-job mismatches (i.e., when a worker’s education level is above or below the average level for their occupation) among immigrant and native workers. In the paper, the authors used the U.S. PIAAC 2012/2014 data to address the following research questions:
• What is the extent of education-job mismatch for workers by immigrant generation?
• What factors are associated with overeducation for immigrant workers?

The researchers document the patterns of education-job mismatch and analyze how the incidence of mismatch differs by demographic characteristics among U.S.-born and foreign-born workers. The findings indicate that overeducation is more prevalent among foreign-born workers and second-generation workers (i.e., those whose parents are foreign-born). The authors also find that a good command of English mitigates the chances of overeducation for immigrant workers while the length of stay in the United States does not.

Registrants will have the opportunity to participate in small and large group discussions during the webinar.

Presenters: Margarita Pivovarova and Jeanne M. Powers, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University
Discussant: Robert Lerman, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
Moderator: Stephen Provasnik, International Activities Branch Chief, National Center for Education Statistics

Time: Sep 14, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

About the PIAAC Research Webinar Series
The PIAAC Research Webinar Series provides engaging and thought-provoking virtual presentations featuring AIR commissioned paper authors who used PIAAC data to explore topics associated with adult competencies in literacy, numeracy, and digital problem-solving. AIR PIAAC commissioned papers are funded through a contract with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education.