This paper examines the effect of international mobility on the education-job mismatch of Ph.D. graduates while controlling for self-selection into cross-border mobility. Skilled migration flows have risen significantly over the past decades, with a sizable share of migrants being overeducated. Yet, in this broad context, the empirical literature has so far largely overlooked the specific case of doctorate recipients, as well as the extent to which their spatial mobility to international countries represents a strategy that reduces the risk of being mismatched. The empirical analysis uses individual-level data collected by ISTAT on the population of Italian Ph.D. recipients and shows that migration to foreign countries reduces considerably the risk of overeducation and overskilling. Results are robust to different methodologies and subsamples.
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