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New Evidence on the Gender Wage Gap in Indonesia

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  • Taniguchi, Kiyoshi

    () (Asian Development Bank)

  • Tuwo, Alika

    () (World Bank, Jakarta Country Office)

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Indonesia has been experiencing impressive economic growth and rapid urbanization in recent years. However, urbanization could affect income inequality through people’s movement from rural to urban areas. Using the 2010 National Labor Force Survey (Sakernas) in Indonesia, this study examines how monthly wages are distributed between male and female workers and tests whether a wage gap exists between them. Regression results reveal that urbanization tends to benefit male workers more favorably, in terms of monthly wages, than female workers. The wage gap tends to be wider among younger workers, particularly among those who are underemployed and severely underemployed. It is also greater among public sector workers than those in the private sector. Gender wage gap in Indonesia is mainly due to gender discrimination. An act to equalize opportunity and wages among workers, especially in the public sector, is proposed.

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  • Taniguchi, Kiyoshi & Tuwo, Alika, 2014. "New Evidence on the Gender Wage Gap in Indonesia," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 404, Asian Development Bank.
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    1. Lusi Liao & Sasiwimon Warunsiri Paweenawat, 2019. "Parenthood Penalty and Gender Wage Gap: Recent Evidence from Thailand," PIER Discussion Papers 102, Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research, revised Jan 2019.
    2. Aleksandra Majchrowska & Paweł Strawiński, 2016. "Regional Differences in Gender Wage Gaps in Poland: New Estimates Based on Harmonized Data for Wages," Central European Journal of Economic Modelling and Econometrics, CEJEME, vol. 8(2), pages 115-141, June.
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    Keywords

    gender; wage distribution; gender wage gap; Indonesia; urbanization; inclusive growth; migration;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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