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Overeducation and happiness in the Malaysian graduate labour market

Lim, Hock Eam (2013) Overeducation and happiness in the Malaysian graduate labour market. International Journal of Business and Society, 14 (1). pp. 93-110. ISSN 1511-6670

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The objective of this paper is to examine overeducation among Malaysian graduates with focus on its association with predetermined (before they enter the labour market) and current level of overall life happiness.Results reveal that there are a substantial percentage of overeducated graduates.Graduates who reported a higher level of predetermined happiness are less likely to be overeducated. Overeducation is also significantly and negatively associated with one’s current level of happiness.This finding suggests ‘hysterias’ of overeducation and supports Job Competition Theory’s prediction on persistent of overeducation.Thus, happiness might be one of the reasons why overeducation is a persistent and durable phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Overeducation; happiness; graduate labour market; ‘hysterias’ of overeducation.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: Dr. Lim Hock Eam
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 02:55
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 06:21
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/10104

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