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A distributional analysis of the gender wage gap in Bangladesh
journal contributionposted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Salma AhmedSalma Ahmed, P Maitra,
This article empirically investigates the gender wage gap in Bangladesh during the period 2005–2009. Applying unconditional quantile regression models, the article demonstrates that women are paid less than men throughout the wage distribution and the gap is higher at the lower end of the distribution. Discrimination against women is the primary determinant of the wage gap. The article also demonstrates that the observed gender wage gap is likely to be underestimated if we ignore selection in full-time employment. A number of policy implications are discussed.