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Title: The quality of Hong Kong's self-financing sub-degree education from an economic perspective
Authors: Chan, Chi Wai
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Abstract: This paper examines the quality of Hong Kong's sub-degree level education provided by the self-financing institutes in terms of its impact on the earnings of workers, based on Hong Kong's 2006 by-census data. Education is an investment in human capital that enhances the productivity of workers and increases their lifetime incomes; and a more productive investment will produce a higher rate of return. The effects of education on workers' earnings can be regarded as a proxy for measuring the quality of education undertaken. This study shows that, as regards earnings, and therefore (indirectly) quality, the quality of sub-degree level education provided by some self-financing institutes is statistically significantly lower than that provided by publicly-funded institutes. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
Keywords: Cost effectiveness
Outcomes of education
Foreign countries
Human capital
Financial support
Public colleges
Private colleges
Education work relationship
Salary wage differentials
Educational quality
Postsecondary education
Vocational education
Type: Article
ISSN: 1360-080X
DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2012.689180
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