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Earnings Inequality In Singapore


  • V. V. Bhanoji Rao
  • D. S. Banerjee
  • Pundarik Mukhopadhaya


Based on the data on earnings distributions from the national labour force surveys of 1974-98, trends in income inequality are studied. Of particular note are the findings from the Paglin Gini and Theil decompositions. The former show that behind an invariant overall Gini ratio lies a declining inter-age disparity and growing P-Gini. From the latter, it is found that inter-age and inter-educational disparities have respectively contributed some 12 per cent and 34 per cent to overall inequality. It is found that inter-occupational inequality, as measured by the Theil index, almost doubled in the period. This is in sharp contrast to trends in inter-educational activity, thus illustrating that the education-occupation linkage is not clear-cut.

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  • V. V. Bhanoji Rao & D. S. Banerjee & Pundarik Mukhopadhaya, 2003. "Earnings Inequality In Singapore," Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(2), pages 210-228.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rjapxx:v:8:y:2003:i:2:p:210-228
    DOI: 10.1080/1354786032000074749a

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    4. Takahiro Akita, 2017. "Educational Expansion and the Role of Education in Expenditure Inequality in Indonesia Since the 1997 Financial Crisis," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 130(3), pages 1165-1186, February.
    5. Takahiro Akita & Sachiko Miyata, 2020. "Urban and Rural Dimensions of the Role of Education in Inequality: A Comparative Analysis between Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines," Working Papers EMS_2020_04, Research Institute, International University of Japan.

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