Title

Examining Industry Wage Differentials in the Palestinian Territories

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Wifag Adnan

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Review of Middle East Economics and Finance

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Abstract

It has been widely documented that there is a high level of inter-industry wage dispersion in the United States and several other developed countries. Unfortunately, due to the lack of data availability, industry wage differentials in developing countries have been examined in only a few studies and have been constrained by data limitations. Identifying the causes of industry wage differentials is crucial because it has policy implications toward mitigating wage inequality and unemployment. In this paper, I investigate industry wage differentials in the Palestinian territories – the West Bank and the Gaza Strip – using a rich dataset that allows cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. I find that observed labor quality, unobserved labor quality, and labor market segmentation along the public and private sector represent the most suitable explanations for inter-industry wage dispersion in the Palestinian territories. Additionally, there is (limited) evidence of a shirking model especially in Gaza.

ISSN

1475-3685

Publisher

De Gruyter

Volume

10

Disciplines

Business

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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