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Skill Shortage versus Subject Choice: Case of Pakistan

  • Atiq-Ur-Rehman

    (IIIE, International Islamic University, Islamabad)

  • Hafsa Anis

    (National Institute of Computer Science and Technology, Muzaffarabad)

  • Saud Ahmed Khan

    (Lecture, IESE, NUST, Islamabad and PhD Scholar (Econometrics), IIIE, International Islamic University, Islamabad)

Higher Education is believed to be a very important determinant of economic growth. The growth can be optimised 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 enrolment 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 enrolment.

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Article provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its journal The Pakistan Development Review.

Volume (Year): 48 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 487–496

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  1. Yeo Khee Yong & Toh Mun Heng & Shandre Mugan Thangavelu & James Wong, 2007. "Premium on Fields of Study : The Returns to Higher Education in Singapore," Microeconomics Working Papers 21921, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  2. Kelly, Elish & O'Connell, Philip J. & Smyth, Emer, 2010. "The economic returns to field of study and competencies among higher education graduates in Ireland," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 650-657, August.
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