DP6803 Occupational Mismatch and Moonlighting Among Spanish Physicians: Do Couples Matter?

Author(s): Juan J. Dolado, Florentino Felgueroso
Publication Date: April 2008
Keyword(s): Gender, Mismatch, Monopsony, Moonlighting, Physicians
JEL(s): J24, J42, J44, J61, J70
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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There are relevant gender differences in the labour-market status of health sciences graduates in Spain: (i) female physicians have lower participation rates than male physicians plus they are subject to higher occupational mismatch, and (ii) moonlighting is more frequent among male physicians. In this paper we investigate whether such differences are related to the monopsonistic features of the labour market of health-care professionals. This provides an interesting case study since, among all university graduates, Spanish physicians are the ones most often coupled to partners with the same educational level and/or same type of studies.