A distributional analysis of the gender wage gap in Bangladesh

Salma Ahmed, Pushkar Maitra

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This article empirically investigates the gender wage gap in Bangladesh during the period 2005-2009. Applying unconditional quantile regression models, the article demonstrates that women are paid less than men throughout the wage distribution and the gap is higher at the lower end of the distribution. Discrimination against women is the primary determinant of the wage gap. The article also demonstrates that the observed gender wage gap is likely to be underestimated if we ignore selection in full-time employment. A number of policy implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1444 - 1458
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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