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Is Education the Panacea for Economic Deprivation of Muslims? Evidence from Wage Earners in India, 1987-2005


Sumon K. Bhaumik


Aston University - Aston Business School; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, William Davidson Institute

Manisha Chakrabarty


Indian Institute of Management Calcutta


IZA Working Paper No. 3232

Abstract:     
Few researchers have examined the nature and determinants of earnings differentials among religious groups, and none has been undertaken in the context of conflict-prone multi-religious societies like the one in India. We address this lacuna in the literature by examining the differences in the average (log) earnings of Hindu and Muslim wage earners in India, during the 1987-2005 period. Our results indicate that education differences between Hindu and Muslim wage earners, especially differences in the proportion of wage earners with tertiary education, are largely responsible for the differences in the average (log) earnings of the two religious groups across the years. By contrast, differences in the returns to education do not explain the aforementioned difference in average (log) earnings. In conclusion, we discuss some policy implications.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: earnings gap, education, decomposition, religion

JEL Classification: J31, J15, I28

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Date posted: May 23, 2008  

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Bhaumik, Sumon K. and Chakrabarty, Manisha, Is Education the Panacea for Economic Deprivation of Muslims? Evidence from Wage Earners in India, 1987-2005. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1136394 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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Sumon K. Bhaumik (Contact Author)
Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, West Midlands B47ET
United Kingdom
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, William Davidson Institute
724 E. University Ave.
Wyly Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
United States
Manisha Chakrabarty
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta ( email )
Joka
D.H Road
Kolkata, West Bengal 700104
India
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