Skill Shortage versus Subject Choice, Case of Pakistan
AbstractHigher Education is believed to be a very important determinant of economic growth. The growth can be optimized with a suitable combination of skills in various subjects. A mismatch between required combination of skills and available combination of skills carries heavy costs for developing economies since import of skill from foreign is much more in expensive for such economies. We compare skill shortage in Pakistan with the subjects choice of students recently enrolled in institutes of higher learning. We found that there is a mismatch between skill shortage and the enrollment trend. We propose that the Government should regulate recruitment of students into various subjects in order to create greater harmony between national needs and students enrollment.
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Date of creation: 2009
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Subject Choice; Skill Shortage; National Needs;
Other versions of this item:
- Atiq-Ur-Rehman & Hafsa Anis & Saud Ahmed Khan, 2009. "Skill Shortage versus Subject Choice: Case of Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 48(4), pages 487â496.
- J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
- J82 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Labor Force Composition
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-11-07 (All new papers)
- NEP-CWA-2009-11-07 (Central & Western Asia)
- NEP-HRM-2009-11-07 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
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