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The public-private sector wage gap in Zambia in the 1990s: A quantile regression approach

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  • Michael Rosholm

    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus Building 350, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark)

  • Helena Skyt Nielsen

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Fuglesangs AllÊ 20, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark)

Abstract

We investigate the determinants of wages in Zambia and based on the quantile regression approach, we analyze how their effects differ at different points in the wage distribution and over time. We use three cross-sections of Zambian household data from the early nineties, which was a period of economic transition, because items as privatization and deregulation were on the political agenda. The focus is placed on the public-private sector wage gap, and the results show that this gap was relatively favorable for the low-skilled and less favorable for the high-skilled. This picture was further strengthened during the period 1991-1996.

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  • Michael Rosholm & Helena Skyt Nielsen, 2001. "The public-private sector wage gap in Zambia in the 1990s: A quantile regression approach," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 26(1), pages 169-182.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:26:y:2001:i:1:p:169-182
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    Quantile regression · public-private wage differential · Zambia.;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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