Educated mis-employment in Hong Kong: Earnings effects of employment in unmatched fields of work
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AbstractThe under-utilization of workers' skills acquired through vocational education constitutes a subtle form of "mis-employment", in the sense of workers not being able to secure employment in their matched fields of work. This paper presents an empirical study on the problem of mis-employment in Hong Kong. Earnings functions are analyzed, separately, for graduates from various fields of education and for workers employed in various fields of work. It is found that the mis-employed graduates from some educational fields received lower earnings than their colleagues working in the matched work fields. Therefore, the mis-employment hypothesis obtains partial support here. It is also found that the demand side of the labour market predominates over the supply side in wage determination. © 1990.
All Author(s) ListChung Y.-P.
Journal nameEconomics of Education Review
Volume Number9
Issue Number4
PublisherPergamon Press Ltd.
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages343 - 350
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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