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Unemployment, Economic Status and Ethnic Politics

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Regional-based quota in public sector employment was always considered as one of the important cause of the ethnic politics in Pakistan and particularly in Karachi. The majority of educated youth and middle classers in Pakistan belong to the urban areas and big cities where public sector employment is a frictional part of the total employment. However, households’ economic statuses in those areas are closely related with the employment status of the households’ members. This study has one objective only: to test the hypothesis that socio-economic variation between the ethnic groups was the origin of the emerging ethnic politics in Karachi. The disparities in income, employment and social status have been compared between the nine ethnic groups of Karachi. It is noteworthy that statistical evidences have rejected the hypothesis that rise in ethnic politics was a consequence of socio-economic discrepancies between the ethnic groups.

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  • Mehar, Ayub, 2003. "Unemployment, Economic Status and Ethnic Politics," MPRA Paper 6821, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2007.
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    1. Buckley, Robert M, 1994. "Housing Finance in Developing Countries: The Role of Credible Contracts," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 42(2), pages 317-332, January.
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    Ethnicity; Income Disparities; Social Status;

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    • R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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