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The Distribution of Wages in Belarus

  • Pastore, Francesco

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    (University of Naples II)

  • Verashchagina, Alina

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    (University of Siena)

This paper uncovers evidence on the distribution of wages in Belarus in the second half of the 1990s. The returns to education and work experience are high and stable, which is atypical for a transition country. This might be due to the pervasive role of the state in fixing wages in the dominant budget sector, rather than to market forces coming into play. Women experience contained, though largely unexplained discrimination coupled with higher than average returns to education. A wage curve effect is found, which is similar in size to that of other transition countries, but much higher than in market economies.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1140.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: May 2004
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Publication status: published in: Comparative Economic Studies, 2006, 48 (3), 351-376
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1140
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