(A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF ARTS IN DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, VIETNAM – THE NETHERLANDS PROGRAMME FOR M.A IN DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS)
By Phan Thi Thanh Thao (VNP 20)
Academic Supervisor: Dr. Truong Dang Thuy
We examine the education-occupation mismatch in in major and level respects; and their impacts on earnings of Vietnamese workers. Analyzing survey data from 267 workers, we find that the mismatch between schooling major and working field which is caused by unavailability of job in the schooling field has a negative effect on earnings. And these major mismatches caused by supply-side reasons has no statistically significant impact on earnings. Furthermore, when examining the effect of mismatch in level, a negative effect of under-education on wage is found whereas over-educated years have no significant effect on wage.
Keywords: education-occupation mismatch, over-education, under-education, returns to schooling, earnings.
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