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The Evolution of Gender Wage Differentials and Discrimination in Thailand: 1991-2007 — An Application of Unconditional Quantile Regression

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  • Kampon ADIREKSOMBAT

    (Economic Intelligence Center, Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand)

  • FANG Zheng

    (Division of Economics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 639798)

  • Chris SAKELLARIOU

    (Division of Economics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 639798)

Abstract

Using unconditional quantile regression combined with Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition, we study the gender wage differentials over the whole distribution in Thailand from 1991 to 2007. A Vshape pattern of the overall gender gap is observed in each year, most attributable to the wage structure effect (“discrimination”), and persistent sticky floors are documented. We also develop a “double decomposition” method to analyze the over-time changes in gender wage gaps, and find that the degree of gender inequality in the Thai labor market has improved compared to the 1990s, while relative changes in characteristics explained only very small part of the total changes.

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Paper provided by Nanyang Technolgical University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Economic Growth centre in its series Economic Growth centre Working Paper Series with number 1005.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:nan:wpaper:1005

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Keywords: Southeast Asia; Thailand; unconditional quantile regression; sticky floors; discrimination;

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