Occupational Segregation and Gender Wage Differentials: Evidence from Malaysia

Rahmah Ismail, Maryam Farhadi, Chung Khain Wye

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In Malaysia, the participation of women in the labor market has increased over time. However, occupational segregation and wage differentials continue to be prevalent between men and women in the labor market. The present paper investigates gender-related occupational segregation and wage differentials based on data collected from 7135 working households in Peninsular Malaysia in 2011. The wage decomposition model introduced by Brown et al. (1980) is used to examine the determinants of gender-related wage differentials. The results suggest that differences within occupations account for the largest portion of the wage gap between men and women. The results also indicate that wage discrimination within occupations plays an important role in the gender wage gap, while sample selection bias plays an important role in the examination of gender wage gaps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-401
Number of pages21
JournalAsian Economic Journal
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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Keywords

  • gender wage differentials
  • occupational segregation
  • selectivity bias
  • wage decomposition
  • wage discrimination

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  • Development

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Occupational Segregation and Gender Wage Differentials : Evidence from Malaysia. / Ismail, Rahmah; Farhadi, Maryam; Wye, Chung Khain.

In: Asian Economic Journal, Vol. 31, No. 4, 01.12.2017, p. 381-401.

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Ismail, Rahmah ; Farhadi, Maryam ; Wye, Chung Khain. / Occupational Segregation and Gender Wage Differentials : Evidence from Malaysia. In: Asian Economic Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 381-401.
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