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Unemployment, economic status and ethnic politics: A case study of Karachi

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  • Mehar, Ayub

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Regional-based quota in public sector employment was always considered as one of the important cause of the ethnic politics in Pakistan and particularly in Karachi. The majority of educated youth and middle classers in Pakistan belong to the urban areas and big cities where public sector employment is a frictional part of the total employment. However, households’ economic statuses in those areas are closely related with the employment status of the households’ members. This study has one objective only: to test the hypothesis that socio-economic variation between the ethnic groups was the origin of the emerging ethnic politics in Karachi. The disparities in income, employment and social status have been compared between the nine ethnic groups of Karachi. It is noteworthy that statistical evidences have rejected the hypothesis that rise in ethnic politics was a consequence of socio-economic discrepancies between the ethnic groups.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 11286.

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Date of creation: 1998
Date of revision: 2007
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:11286

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Keywords: Household income; Gini coeffecient; ethnic politics; unemployment;

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