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Gender, Poverty and Labour Market Dynamics: A Microsimulations Analysis for Urban Colombia between 1990 and 2004


  • Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro


This paper analyses the extent to which income distribution and poverty changes in Colombian urban areas between 1990 and 2004 may be explained by gender dynamics in the labour market. For this purpose, the authors use household surveys microdata in order to perform a microsimulations analysis, following the methodology proposed by de Reis and Paes de Barros (1991). As a main conclusion, it is found that if labour market conditions of 1990 would prevailed in 2004, there would be a deterioration of poverty, income distribution and gender labour income inequality. In addition, it is observed that poverty headcount ratio diminished between 1990 and 2004 in urban Colombia but the number of men and women living with incomes below the poverty line grew up during this period.

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  • Jairo Guillermo Isaza Castro, 2010. "Gender, Poverty and Labour Market Dynamics: A Microsimulations Analysis for Urban Colombia between 1990 and 2004," Serie de Documentos en Economía y Violencia 6888, Centro de Investigaciones en Violencia, Instituciones y Desarrollo Económico (VIDE).
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000137:006888

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    Colombia; poverty and income distribution; gender; labor economics;
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    JEL classification:

    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination


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