A Distributional Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap in Bangladesh
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March 21, 2011
This paper decomposes the gender wage gap along the entire wage distribution into an endowment effect and a discrimination effect, taking into account possible selection into full-time employment. Applying a new decomposition approach to the Bangladesh Labour Force Survey (LFS) data we find that women are paid less than men every where on 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. We also find that the gap has widened over the period 1999-2005. Our results intensify the call for better enforcement of gender based affirmative action policies.
Keywords: Gender Wage Gap, Discrimination Effect, Selection, Unconditional Quantile Regression, Bangladesh
JEL Classification: C21, J16, J24, J31, J71working papers series
Date posted: March 26, 2011
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