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Unpublished Paper
A Distributional Analysis of Public Private Wage Differential in India
(2010)
  • Mehtabul Azam, World Bank
  • Nishith Prakash, Cornell University
Abstract

We investigate the public-private wage differential in India using nationally representative micro data. While the existing literature focuses on average wage differential, we study the differences in the wage distributions. The raw wage differential between public and private sector is positive across the entire distribution for both genders irrespective of area of residence. A quantile regression based decomposition analysis reveals that the differences in observed characteristics (covariate effect) account for only a small part of the wage differential at lower quantiles, but a larger part at higher quantiles. At the very top of the distribution, covariate effects account for a majority of the observed wage differential.

Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Mehtabul Azam and Nishith Prakash. "A Distributional Analysis of Public Private Wage Differential in India" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mehtabazam/1/