Overeducation and undereducation and their effect on earnings: Evidence from Hong Kong, 1986-1996

Ying Chu NG*

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Abstract

The expansion of the higher education sector and the structural changes in the Hong Kong economy in the late 1980s raise the issue of the incidence of overeducation in the Hong Kong labor market. Using the 1991 Hong Kong Census, and the 1986 and 1996 Hong Kong By-census data, the present study finds that the incidence of overeducation in Hong Kong is only a temporary phenomenon. The rate of return to education increased, while the premium to overeducation decreased, between 1986 and 1996. It also finds that there is a tradeoff relation between education and experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-418
Number of pages18
JournalPacific Economic Review
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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