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“Regional wage gaps, education, and informality in an emerging country. The case of Colombia”

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  • Paula Herrera-Idárraga

    () (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

  • Enrique López-Bazo

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Elisabet Motellón

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

Abstract

This paper uses Colombian micro-data to analyze the role of education and informality on regional wage differentials. Our hypothesis is that apart from differences in the endowment of human capital across regions, regional heterogeneity in the incidence of informality is another important source of regional wage inequality in developing and emerging countries. This is confirmed by the evidence from Colombia, which in addition reveals remarkable heterogeneity across territories in the wage return to individuals’ characteristics. Regional heterogeneity in returns to education is especially intense in the upper part of the wage distribution. In turn, heterogeneity in the informal pay penalty is more relevant in the lower part.

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  • Paula Herrera-Idárraga & Enrique López-Bazo & Elisabet Motellón, 2015. "“Regional wage gaps, education, and informality in an emerging country. The case of Colombia”," IREA Working Papers 201509, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Jan 2015.
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    Regions; Wage differentials; Quantile-based decompositions; Formal/Informal Jobs; Economic Development JEL classification: C21; J31; J38.;

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