International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Students’ Involvement in Economic Activity During Their Studies: A Case Study of Pakistan
Hafeez ur Rehman, Furrukh Bashir, Ismat Nasim

This study attempts to highlight some socio-economic and demographic factors enforcing students of the universities to take part in economic activities along with their studies. For that purpose, cross sectional primary data is collected using simple random sampling technique from two universities of the Punjab province (University of the Punjab, Lahore and Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan) in the year 2009. Data set includes information about 346 students of both universities. The results show that higher education levels give more earning opportunities to the students to start their jobs even during their studies. But students of Ph.D. are less interested to engage in jobs due to the agreement done with Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC) of not doing jobs while they are availing any scholarship for Ph.D. Expectations of future settlement in Multan or Lahore, family size, and marital status are directly associated with their job decision. Students are less interested in jobs if their fathers or guardians have higher income level and they give them sufficient amount as Pocket money. The study suggests that Govt. should provide scholarships and internships to the students so that they can have some practical knowledge about their subjects and also get some pocket money as well.

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