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

Ka Ho MOK, Yuefeng ZHU

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

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-274
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Volume34
Issue number3
Early online dateMay 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Mok, K. H., & Zhu, A. Y. F. (2021). Assessing the connection between overeducation and migration intention in Hong Kong’s young working adults. Journal of Education and Work, 34(3), 262-274. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2021.1922623

Keywords

  • Greater bay area
  • GBA
  • Hong Kong
  • Human capital
  • Migration
  • Overeducation
  • Social capital
  • Young working adults

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