Gender, Poverty and Labour Market Dynamics: A Microsimulations Analysis for Urban Colombia between 1990 and 2004

85 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2008 Last revised: 14 Aug 2014

Date Written: August 15, 2006

Abstract

This paper analyses the extent to which income distribution and poverty changes in Colombian urban areas between 1990 and 2004 may be explained by gender dynamics in the labour market. For this purpose, the authors use household surveys microdata in order to perform a microsimulations analysis, following the methodology proposed by de Reis and Paes de Barros (1991). As a main conclusion, it is found that if labour market conditions of 1990 would prevailed in 2004, there would be a deterioration of poverty, income distribution and gender labour income inequality. In addition, it is observed that poverty headcount ratio diminished between 1990 and 2004 in urban Colombia but the number of men and women living with incomes below the poverty line grew up during this period.

Keywords: Colombia, poverty and income distribution, gender, labor economics

JEL Classification: O54, I32, J16

Suggested Citation

Acosta Aponte, Carlos Eduardo and Isaza Castro, Jairo Guillermo and Meza Carvajalino, Carlos Arturo, Gender, Poverty and Labour Market Dynamics: A Microsimulations Analysis for Urban Colombia between 1990 and 2004 (August 15, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1281545 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1281545

Carlos Eduardo Acosta Aponte

Universidad de La Salle ( email )

Carrera 5 No.59A-44
Bogota
Colombia

Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro (Contact Author)

Universidad de La Salle ( email )

Carrera 5 No.59A-44
Bogota
Colombia

Carlos Arturo Meza Carvajalino

Universidad de La Salle ( email )

Carrera 5 No.59A-44
Bogota
Colombia

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