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Doctoral education and employment in the regions: the case of Catalonia
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre. HELIX Competence Centre. (RUNIN)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1188-4422
2019 (English)In: Regional Studies, Regional Science, ISSN 0080-0694, E-ISSN 2168-1376, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 299-318Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Even though the doctoral degree was originally designed for an academic career, there is an increasingly important labour market for doctorate holders outside academia, mainly because of a shortage of job opportunities within it. Doctoral degrees are granted only by universities; thus, universities are the only suppliers of the doctoral workforce to the labour market. Understanding the needs of non-academic employers is thus crucial if universities are to adapt their doctoral education curriculum. Many studies have analyzed labour markets for doctorate holders at national and transnational scales, but few studies focus on the regional scale. The present study explores regional data for Catalonia in Spain on the employment situation of doctorate holders in order to define the characteristics of the regional, non-academic labour market for doctorate holders. Descriptive statistics suggest a high retention rate of doctorate holders within the region and a large part of doctorate holders (two-thirds) having a job that does not require a doctoral degree. This study highlights the existence of a skills mismatch that might be linked to the preference for a better paid or more stable job, or to the lack of development of skills that represent added value in the eyes of employers. These characteristics can be formulated as hypotheses to be tested in further qualitative or quantitative studies. They have several implications for universities, non-academic employers and regional policy-makers, such as the need to work on the valorization of the doctoral degree in the non-academic labour market.

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Koenigstein, Germany: Koeltz Scientific Books , 2019. Vol. 6, no 1, p. 299-318
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doctoral education, doctorate holders, graduate employment, regional labour market, over-education, job mismatch
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-157100DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2019.1584049OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-157100DiVA, id: diva2:1318629
Available from: 2019-05-28 Created: 2019-05-28 Last updated: 2019-10-29Bibliographically approved

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