Labour Policy and Determinants of Employment and Wages in a Developing Economy with Labour Shortage

15 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Ibrahim Mohamed Abdalla

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mohammed A. Al-Waqfi

UAE University

Nasri Harb

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - Department of Economics

Rafiq H. Hijazi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tawfiq Zubaidi

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Abstract

Using data from a sample of 1,099 workers, this paper investigates the determinants of employment and wages for workers in the United Arab Emirates. The paper further examines the wage distribution and the decomposition of the wage gap between the public and the private sectors. Results of the study are consistent with the dual labour market theory and indicate that the labour market in the United Arab Emirates is segmented based on sectors (public versus private) and types of workers (nationals versus non-nationals). The study concludes with a discussion of the implication of these findings for the effectiveness of labour and economic policy.

Suggested Citation

Abdalla, Ibrahim Mohamed and Al-Waqfi, Mohammed A. and Harb, Nasri and Hijazi, Rafiq H. and Zubaidi, Tawfiq, Labour Policy and Determinants of Employment and Wages in a Developing Economy with Labour Shortage. LABOUR, Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp. 163-177, June 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1611980 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2010.00474.x

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Mohammed A. Al-Waqfi

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Nasri Harb

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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