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The mystery of discrimination in Latin America

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dc.description.abstract In this paper we focus on a particular family of studies, namely, wage gaps decompositions. Numerous efforts have focused on documenting earnings differentials between females and males, indigenous and nonindigenous people, or Afro-descendants and whites. As the pieces of the literature that we survey in this section show, comparisons of hourly labor earnings (wages or self-employment income) suggest the existence of notorious gaps. However, non-indigenous (or male) workers exhibit human capital characteristics that are, on average, more desirable than those of indigenous (or female) workers. Examples of those characteristics include education, labor market experience, and field of specialization. To attribute the whole earnings gap to the existence of labor market discrimination would therefore be misleading. At least a component of the gap can be attributed to differences in observable human capital characteristics that the labor market rewards and, hence, is not attributable to the existence of discrimination. Blinder and Oaxaca were the first to explore this avenue of research, in which the profession has been able to identify, to some extent, the magnitude of this component en
dc.title The mystery of discrimination in Latin America en
dc.contributor.author Chong, Alberto
dc.contributor.author Ñopo, Hugo
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-17T23:07:09Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-17T23:07:09Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03
dc.identifier.issn 1529-7470
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/48772
lacea.language.supported en
dc.contributor.other Comments by Lucas Ronconi and Miguel Urquiola
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Brookings Institution Press
dc.subject Inequality
dc.subject Wage gap
dc.subject Latin America
dc.subject Labor discrimination
dc.subject Economics of minorities
dc.subject Discrimination
dc.type Article


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