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Skill Shortage versus Subject Choice, Case of Pakistan

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  • Atiq, Atiq-ur-Rehman
  • Anis, Hafsa
  • Khan, Saud Ahmed

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Higher 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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  • Atiq, Atiq-ur-Rehman & Anis, Hafsa & Khan, Saud Ahmed, 2009. "Skill Shortage versus Subject Choice, Case of Pakistan," MPRA Paper 18298, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18298
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    1. 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.
    2. 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.
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    1. Muhammad Jamil & Ahmed Imran Hunjra & Babar Khalid, 2014. "Important Factors of Human Resource Development in Pakistan," Bulletin of Business and Economics (BBE), Research Foundation for Humanity (RFH), vol. 3(1), pages 1-12, March.

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    Keywords

    Subject Choice; Skill Shortage; National Needs;

    JEL classification:

    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J82 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Labor Force Composition

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