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Gender wage differences in Malaysia: parametric and semiparametric estimation

Schafgans, Marcia M. A. (2000) Gender wage differences in Malaysia: parametric and semiparametric estimation. Journal of Development Economics, 63 (2). pp. 351-378. ISSN 0304-3878

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0304-3878(00)00114-0


This paper is an empirical study on the labor force in (Peninsular) Malaysia. Parametric and semiparametric estimated wage equations, which correct for sample selection bias, are used to assess the returns to education and extent of gender ‘discrimination’. To estimate in the semiparametric case the wage equation intercept, which is needed for the Oaxaca wage decomposition, consistently we apply the newly developed Andrews–Schafgans [Andrews, D.W.K., Schafgans, M.M.A., 1998, Semiparametric estimation of the intercept of a sample selection model, Review of Economic Studies, 65: 497–518.] estimator. The results suggest that ‘discrimination’ favoring men in Malaysia is still quite prevalent, while for Malays (the ‘sons of the soil’) the strong level of ‘discrimination’ favoring Malay men is negated by the semiparametric estimation results.

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Additional Information: © 2000 Elsevier Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2008 12:37
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:02

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