'Working While Studying' and Educational Mismatching Among Youth: Evidence From Zambia

52 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2020

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Chitalu Chama-Chiliba

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Hilary Chilala Hazele

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mwimba Chewe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kelvin Chileshe

University of Zambia

Abdelkrim Araar

Université Laval

Date Written: March 5, 2020

Abstract

This paper analyzed the effect of working while studying in college and university on educational mismatching in the Zambian labor market. The study used the 2014 School to Work Transition Survey data and estimated a range of extended ordered probit regression models that took self-selection and sample-selection bias into account. Our results showed that working while studying significantly reduced the likelihood of being undereducated for the job but increased the likelihood of being overeducated for the job, implying that additional support to enable youth to get exposure to the right amounts and types of work during college or university studies could potentially increase productivity by ensuring job matching. Stakeholders designing work-based skills-development programs should consider the possible counter effects of combining learning and working. Furthermore, there is a need for investment in guidance mechanisms for students wishing to combine work and learning.

Keywords: Working while Studying, Youth, Educational Mismatch, Zambia

JEL Classification: C26, I21, J24, J16

Suggested Citation

Chama-Chiliba, Chitalu and Chilala Hazele, Hilary and Chewe, Mwimba and Chileshe, Kelvin and Araar, Abdelkrim, 'Working While Studying' and Educational Mismatching Among Youth: Evidence From Zambia (March 5, 2020). Partnership for Economic Policy Working Paper No. 2020-13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3668000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3668000

Chitalu Chama-Chiliba (Contact Author)

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Hilary Chilala Hazele

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mwimba Chewe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kelvin Chileshe

University of Zambia ( email )

Dept. of Plant Science
Box 32379, Lusaka
Lusaka, Lusaka 10101
Zambia

Abdelkrim Araar

Université Laval ( email )

2214 Pavillon J-A. DeSeve
Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
Canada

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