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HIV, Wages, and the Skill Premium

  • Marinescu, Ioana E.

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    (Harris School, University of Chicago)

The HIV epidemic has dramatically decreased labor supply among prime-age adults in sub-Saharan Africa. Using within-country variation in regional HIV prevalence and a synthetic panel, I find that HIV significantly increases the capital-labor ratio in urban manufacturing firms. The impact of HIV on average wages is positive but imprecisely estimated. In contrast, HIV has a large positive impact on the skill premium. The impact of HIV on the wages of low skilled workers is insignificantly different from 0, and is strongly dampened by competition from rural migrants. The HIV epidemic disproportionately increases the incomes of high-skilled survivors, thus increasing inequality.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6438.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 37, 181-197
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6438
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