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The Determinants Of Individual Unemployment Duration: The Case Of Malaysian Graduates

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  • Hock-Eam Lim

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This paper estimates determinants of individual unemployment duration of Malaysian graduates. Estimation result suggests that lack of proficiency in English, a mismatch between the type of graduation degree and the requirements for the available jobs in the labor market, family background, state of happiness in overall life, self-expectation on one’s employability and some socio-demographic characteristics (such as ethnicity) are significant determinants of graduate unemployment duration in Malaysia. Specifically, the ‘hypothesis of selection’ in literature of happiness studies is supported; non-English languages proficiency (including Chinese) has no significant impact; and it is imperative to have a realistic self-expectation on one’s employability.

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  • Hock-Eam Lim, 2011. "The Determinants Of Individual Unemployment Duration: The Case Of Malaysian Graduates," Journal of Global Management, Global Research Agency, vol. 2(2), pages 184-203, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:grg:03mngt:v:2:y:2011:i:2:p:184-203
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    Keywords

    Unemployment duration; Malaysian graduates; proportional hazard model; hypothesis of selection;

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    • M0 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General

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