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Wage Differentials in Brazil: Theory and Evidence

Jorge Arbache ()

Journal of Development Studies, 2001, vol. 38, issue 2, 109-130

Abstract: The investigation of wage determination and wage differentials in developing countries has concentrated on the effects of human capital and different sources of segmentation associated with institutional arrangements and structural characteristics on earnings. In this article, we use micro-data for Brazil for the 1980s and 1990s to test several competitive theories, and models with segmentation explained by efficiency wages. We find that unmeasured abilities and efficiency wage models seem to play a role in wage determination, while compensating differentials and transitory difference theories were found to be irrelevant to wages formation.

Keywords: wage determination; wage differentials; human capital; institutional arrangements; structural characteristics; Brazil (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001
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