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Frontiers of Economics in China

ISSN 1673-3444

ISSN 1673-3568(Online)

CN 11-5744/F

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Front. Econ. China    2007, Vol. 2 Issue (2) : 187-211
The relationship between education and employment: A theoretical analysis and empirical test
CHEN Zhongchang, WU Yongqiu
College of Trade and Public Administration, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030, China;
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Abstract In this paper, we divide the process of educational development into two aspects: the change in educational structure and the expansion of educational scale. Based on this hypothesis, we analyze the relationships between each of the two aspects and employment respectively. In this paper, the factors and the transmission mechanism of the influence that education has on employment are also explained. Then, the theoretical models of the relationship between education and employment are built up. Finally, we use the empirical data collected in China to test the theoretical models and give explanations to the status quo of the unemployment structure within various educational levels. It suggests that: the development of education in China at present is beneficial to the increase in the employment rate, the increase in the proportion of the laborers with junior school education has negative effects on employment, and the development of higher education creates positive effects on the employment, but no evidence shows any significant correlation between the proportion of the laborers with senior high school education and the unemployment rate.
Issue Date: 05 June 2007
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WU Yongqiu,CHEN Zhongchang. The relationship between education and employment: A theoretical analysis and empirical test[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2007, 2(2): 187-211.
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