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Income Distribution across Ethnic Groups in Malaysia: Results from a New Social Accounting Matrix

M. Yusof Saari, Erik Dietzenbacher and Bart Los

Asian Economic Journal, 2014, vol. 28, issue 3, 259-278

Abstract: type="main"> A new social accounting matrix is constructed for Malaysia for the year 2000 to analyze sources of income inequality among ethnic groups in Malaysia. The analysis reveals that income inequality can be decomposed into the interaction of: (i) hourly wages; (ii) working hours per week; and (iii) number of dependents per household. The results of the analysis suggest that occupational differences are the main factor contributing to wage inequality in Malaysia. Ethnic Malays tend to work in low-wage industries while ethnic Chinese and Indians are more likely to work in higher-wage industries.

Date: 2014
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