English title: Education, Mental Health, and Education–Labor Market Misfit

Author(s): Piet Bracke - Vera van de Straat - Sarah Missinne -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


Higher-educated people experience enhanced mental health. We ponder whether the mental health benefits of educational attainment are limitless. At the individual level, we look at the impact of job-education mismatch. At the societal level, we hypothesize that diminishing economic returns on education limit its mental health benefits. Using a subsample of individuals aged 20 to 65 years (N = 28,288) from 21 countries in the European Social Survey (ESS 2006), we estimate the impact on depressive symptoms of characteristics at both the employee level (years of education and job-education mismatch) and the labor market/country level (the gap between the nontertiary and tertiary educated in terms of unemployment risks and earnings). The results show that educational attainment produces mental health benefits in most European countries. However, in some of the countries, these benefits are limited or even completely eliminated by education–labor market misfit.

Volume: 55

Issue: 4

From page no: 442

To page no: 459

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0022146514557332

Journal: Journal of health and social behavior

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