Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Australia, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Director, Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Australia
Applied economics, econometrics, economics of education, health economics, labor economics, public policy
Professor of Economics and Director University of Adelaide, Australia (2017); Professor of Economics and Director Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia (2009–2017); Professor and Programme Director (Labour Economics and Social Policy), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (2005–2009)
DPhil, University of York, UK, 1981
"Low paid employment in Britain: Estimating state-dependence and stepping stone effects." Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 80:2 (2018): 283–326 (with L. Cai and P. Sloane).
"The dynamic effect of disability on work and subjective well-being." Oxford Economic Papers 70:3 (2018): 635–657 (with M. Jones, P. Sloane, and Z Wei).
"Public–private sector wage differentials in Australia." Economic Record 93 (2017): 105–121 (with S. Mahuteau, S. Richardson, and R. Zhu).
"The scarring effects of unemployment, low pay and skills under-utilization in Australia compared." Applied Economics 47:23 (2015): 2413–2429 (with P. Sloane and Z. Wei).
"Adjusting to skill shortages in Australian SMEs." Applied Economics 47:24 (2015): 2470–2487 (with J. Healy and P. Sloane).
Concerns exist that overeducation damages employee welfare; however it is overeducation combined with overskilling that is the real problemEvidence shows that many college graduates are employed in jobs for which a degree is not required (overeducation), and in which the skills they learned in college are not being fully utilized (overskilling). Policymakers should be particularly concerned about widespread overskilling, which is likely to be harmful to both the welfare of employees and the interests of employers as both overeducation and overskilling can lead to frustration, lower wages, and higher quitting rates while also being a waste of government money spent on education.MoreLess