Gender wage discrimination in rural and urban labour markets of Bangladesh

Ahmed, Salma and Maitra, Pushkar 2010, Gender wage discrimination in rural and urban labour markets of Bangladesh, Oxford development studies, vol. 38, no. 1, Article 86, pp. 83-112, doi: 10.1080/13600810903551611.

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Title Gender wage discrimination in rural and urban labour markets of Bangladesh
Author(s) Ahmed, SalmaORCID iD for Ahmed, Salma
Maitra, Pushkar
Journal name Oxford development studies
Volume number 38
Issue number 1
Season Article 86
Start page 83
End page 112
Total pages 31
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-02-19
ISSN 1360-0818
Keyword(s) wage discrimination
gender wage differential
Summary Female wages in Bangladesh are significantly lower than male wages. This paper quantifies the extent to which discrimination can explain this gender wage gap across the rural and urban labour markets of Bangladesh, using unit record data from the 1999–2000 Labour Force Survey. The gender wage differential is decomposed into a component that can be explained by differences in productive characteristics and a component not explained by observable productive differences, which is attributed to discrimination. An attempt is also made to improve on the standard methodology by implementing a wage-gap decomposition method that accounts for selectivity bias, on top of the usual “explained” and “unexplained” components. Analytical results from this paper show that gender wage differentials are considerably larger in urban areas than in rural areas and a significant portion of this wage differential can be attributed to discrimination against women. The results also show that selectivity bias is an important component of total discrimination.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13600810903551611
Field of Research 140211 Labour Economics
Socio Economic Objective 910208 Micro Labour Market Issues
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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