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Title:Wage gaps and job sorting in African manufacturing
Authors:Fafchamps, MarcelISNI
Söderbom, MånsISNI
Benhassine, NajyISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal of African Economies
Volume:18
Issue:5
Pages:824-868
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:wage differentials
skilled workers
labour market
industry
gender inequality
External link:http://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/5/824.full.pdf
Abstract:Using matched employer-employee data from eleven African countries, the authors investigate if there is job sorting in African labour markets. They find that much of the wage gap associated with education is driven by selection across occupations and firms. This is consistent with educated workers being more effective at complex tasks such as labour management. In all countries, the education wage gap widens rapidly at high levels of education. Most of the education wage gap at low levels of education can be explained by selection across occupations. The authors also find that the education wage gap tends to be higher for women, except in Morocco where many poorly educated women work in the garment sector. A large share of the gender wage gap is explained by selection into low wage occupations and firms. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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