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Education or employment-choices facing young people in Kazakhstan

  • Yelena Kalyuzhnova

    (The University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 218, Reading, RG6 6AA, UK)

  • Uma Kambhampati

    (The University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 218, Reading, RG6 6AA, UK)

This paper considers the links between education and employment in Kazakhstan. Using a sample of 12 000 Kazakhstani households, we analyse the factors determining the choice made by young adults between education and work within a multinomial logit framework. Our results confirm that while men are more likely to work and to remain unemployed, women are actually much more likely than men to study further. The main findings of the paper are firstly, contrary to studies elsewhere in the world, the family's income level does not influence the probability of study but influences all other choices significantly. Secondly, like studies conducted on most other countries of the world, the educational status of parents significantly influences the choices made by their offspring. In addition, the regional (location) characteristics play a role in the choice of post-compulsory education. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 607-626

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