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Spatial Inequality for Manufacturing Wages in Five African Countries

Ravi Kanbur and Anthony J. Venables

in Spatial Inequality and Development

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278633
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278636.003.0012

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Spatial Inequality for Manufacturing Wages in Five African Countries

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Uses data on individual earnings in manufacturing industry for five African countries in the early 1990s to test whether firms located in the capital city pay higher wages than firms located elsewhere, and whether such benefits accrue to all or only certain types of workers. Earnings equations are estimated that take into account worker characteristics (education and tenure) and relevant firm characteristics (notably size and whether foreign owned). Any location effect identified is therefore additional to appropriate control variables.

Keywords: Cameroon; earnings functions; Ghana; Kenya; location; wage inequality; Zambia; Zimbabwe

Chapter.  8348 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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