Olga Kupets

  • Current position:
    Associate Professor, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Consultant to the World Bank and the International Labour Organization
  • Research interest:
    Labor economics, development economics, transition economics
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  • Affiliations:
    National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, World Bank, USA, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Visiting Research Scholar, Kyoto Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University, September–November 2014; Research Associate, Economics Research and Outreach Centre, Kyiv School of Economics, November 2003–April 2007; Visiting Research Affiliate, IZA, May–June 2004
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, Institute of Demography and Social Studies of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, 2008
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    I like this innovative project that helps bridge the gap between research in labor economics and policymaking!
  • Selected publications:
    • “Education-job mismatch in Ukraine: Too many people with tertiary education or too many jobs for low-skilled?” Journal of Comparative Economics (Forthcoming).
    • “In search of opportunities? The barriers to more efficient internal labor mobility in Ukraine.” IZA Journal of Labor & Development 3:21 (2014): 1–28 (with J. Koettl, A. Olefir, and I. Santos).
    • “Trade liberalisation and employment effects in Ukraine.” Comparative Economic Studies 50:2 (2008): 318–340 (with A. Christev and H. Lehmann).
    • “Determinants of unemployment duration in Ukraine.” Journal of Comparative Economics 34:2 (2006): 228–247.
    • “Gross job flows in Ukraine.” The Economics of Transition 11:2 (2003): 321–356 (with J. Konings and H. Lehmann).
  • Articles

Skill mismatch and overeducation in transition economies

Substantial skill shortages coexist with overeducation, affecting both young and old workers

December 2015

10.15185/izawol.224 224

by Olga Kupets Kupets, O

Large imbalances between the supply and demand for skills in transition economies are driven by rapid economic restructuring, misalignment of the education system with labor market needs, and underdeveloped adult education and training systems. The costs of mismatches can be large and long-lasting for workers, firms, and economies, with long periods of overeducation implying a loss of human capital for individuals and ineffective use of resources for the economy. To make informed decisions, policymakers need to understand how different types of workers and firms are affected by overeducation and skill shortages.