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Trade Liberalization, Gender Segmentation, and Wage Discrimination: Evidence from Egypt

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  • Fatma El-Hamidi

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    (Department of Economics &GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh)

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This study evaluates the impact of trade liberalization and reductions in trade barriers on gender wage inequality in Egypt by using recent Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey data (ELMPS 06) and comparing two years representing an early stage (1998) and an advanced stage in trade liberalization (2006). The analysis focuses on private sector workers, and compares workers in tradable sectors (sectors in direct competition with the foreign trade) with workers in non-tradable sectors (not in direct competition with foreign goods). Not only is wage discrimination observed regardless of sector of employment, but deterioration is also detected. Results also indicate that tradable sectors experience proportionately higher levels of wage differences between men and women than non-tradable sectors.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Forum in its series Working Papers with number 414.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2008
Date of revision: Jun 2008
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:414

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  1. Aboohamidi, Abbas & Chidmi, Benaissa, 2013. "Female Labor Force Participation in Pakistan and Some MENA Countries," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 143097, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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