SCELI is a stratified random sample of British working-age adults conducted in June and July 1986 that includes wage and salary workers, along with people who are self-employed, unemployed, or out of the labor force.
The values of Q and R were determined for employed SCELI respondents who were asked to indicate which qualifications (from a list of 20 qualification types) would now be necessary to obtain the job that they currently held and later on in the survey for their current qualifications (from the same list of 20 qualification types).
To test the empirical model and its ability to identify pairing types, we utilize the longitudinal aspects of the SCELI data to examine whether workers who are in an overeducated or undereducated type of pairing have greater training and promotion opportunities than those who are exactly educated throughout their career.
The means of the dependent and independent variables in the SCELI data are provided in Appendix Table C.
In SCELI, the question regarding father's employment asks what the father's occupation was when the survey respondent was age 14.
SCELI includes relatively few nonwhite workers, including no female public-sector workers who are nonwhite in this sample.
Unfortunately, SCELI, like most data sets, does not have this detailed information.
Unfortunately information in SCELI
does not allow one to test such a hypothesis.
In the introduction the editors suggest modestly that "it is therefore very difficult not to conclude that the SCELI
findings do provide a very good guide to real trends in skill in Great Britain as a whole in the 1980s".
It was also possible to make comparisons with an abbreviated four-item scale used in the SCELI studies (Gallie & Vogler, 1989).
1980) and the SCELI data as presented by Gallie & Vogler (1989).
A less robust comparison was available using the SCELI data reported by Gallie & Vogler (1989) and based on a much reduced four-item GHQ scale.