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An Investigation Of The Labour Market Earnings In Deprived Areas: A Test Of Labour Market Segmentation In The Slums

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  • João Pedro Azevedo

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This paper presents empirical evidence on the determinants of labour market earnings for males and females in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The data used is from a survey of 1,704 households at 51 slums from the city of Rio de Janeiro, augmented with contextual information from the 2000 census as well as GIS information on the location of these communities. Several tests of the labour market segmentation hypothesis were implemented. This work suggests that the informal sector can be a rational choice from the workers point of view, in particular at a younger age. In addition, it also supports the existence of selection e_ects, which suggests that occupational choices are non-random, and must be taken into consideration through a two-step estimation of the earnings equation.

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Paper provided by ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics] in its series Anais do XXXIII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 33th Brazilian Economics Meeting] with number 162.

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  1. Luis Huesca Reynoso & Martha Beatriz Padilla Arriola, 2012. "Empleo, escolaridad y sector informal en la Frontera Norte de México y Chihuahua: expectativas de ocupación en la crisis," Ensayos Revista de Economia, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Economia, vol. 0(2), pages 57-86, November.

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