Assessing the connection between overeducation and migration intention in Hong Kong’s young working adults

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Abstract

This study addresses the link between overeducation and intention to migrate to the Greater Bay Area (GBA) cities in mainland China in a sample of Hong Kong’s young adults employed in lower occupational classes (elementary occupations, plant and machine operators and assemblers, craft and related workers, and service and sales workers). The results indicate that overeducation has a unique negative effect on attitudes towards migration to GBA. The findings suggest that social capital theory rather than human capital theory is better able to explain the motivation of Hong Kong’s young people to invest in higher education. This research may help policy makers review the expansion of higher education in Hong Kong and provide valuable policy implications for regional integration between Hong Kong and mainland China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-274
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Volume34
Issue number3
Early online date10 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 May 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Research Collaboration and Development Fund, Lingnan University Research Committee (Fund recipient: Professor Ka Ho Mok).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Greater bay area
  • gba
  • hong kong
  • human capital
  • migration
  • overeducation
  • social capital
  • young working adults

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