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Wage Inequality in Developing Countries: Market Forces or Government Intervention

  • Daniel Miles

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    (Departamento de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Vigo.)

  • Máximo Rossi

    ()

    (Departmento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

Wage dispersion had increased significantly in developing countries, despite the openness to trade of these economies. Research on this issue, using approaches valid under the assumption of conventional demand-supply competitive framework, conclude that this observed increase in wage inequality is a consequence of an increase in skills premium. In this paper we show that this conclusion could be bias if governement intervention is not taken into account. Here we find that in Uruguay most of the increase in wage dispersion could be explain by a significant increase in public wages and a decrease of minimum wage. In addition, we observe that the the impact of these intervetions are different depending on the degree of concentration of population and economic activity.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - dECON in its series Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) with number 1001.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2001
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Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:1001
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