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Ethnic group returns to education during the early post†colonial period in Malaysia

Hazrul Shahiri and Kihong Park

Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 2018, vol. 32, issue 1, 120-130

Abstract: The paper examines the returns to education for ethnic groups in the Malaysian labour market during the early 1960s' post†colonial period. The analysis is based on data from the West Malaysia Family Survey of 1966–67. It is found that individual returns to education were positive during the period examined. However, the returns to education of particular ethnic groups differed. The findings suggest that ‘equal education for all’ does not guarantee that each ethnic group will receive equal wages unless there are other interventions in the labour market.

Date: 2018
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