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Public-private sector segmentation in the Pakistani labour market

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  • Aslam, Monazza
  • Kingdon, Geeta

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This study investigates public-private sector wage differentials for male and female waged employees in Pakistan. This is done using latest nationally representative data from the Pakistan Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2005. We adopt three methodologies to obtain robust estimates of the wage differential and the results reveal that public sector workers enjoy large wage premia. The gross pro-public wage differential is much larger for women than for men. Our findings also show that while private and public sector workers' differing characteristics 'explain' a larger proportion of the private-public wage gap for men, this is not the case for women.

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  • Aslam, Monazza & Kingdon, Geeta, 2009. "Public-private sector segmentation in the Pakistani labour market," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 20(1), pages 34-49, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:asieco:v:20:y:2009:i:1:p:34-49
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