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A Reexamination of the Time Path of Wage Differentials in Taiwan

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  • Lin, Chun-Hung A.
  • Orazem, Peter

Contrary to the conclusions of a recent paper by Chen and Hsu (2001), wage inequality and returns to college-educated workers have risen in Taiwan since 1980. Government policies which have caused rapid expansion of the supply of new college graduates have depressed returns for only the youngest cohorts of college graduates. Older cohorts of college graduates experienced rising returns, as have college graduates as a whole. Young college educated women's returns fell more and older college educated women's returns rose more relative to their male counterparts. Consequently, the rising share of women in the labor force helped amplify these trends. Changing trade patterns have tended to increase labor demand in sectors that use educated labor more intensively, helping to raise returns to skill. However, in contrast to western economies, rising capital intensity does not appear to have accelerated the pay gap by skill in Taiwan.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers Archive with number 10352.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2004
Publication status: Published in Review of Development Economics, May 2004, vol. 8, pp. 295-308
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:10352
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