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Title:The Russian-Ukrainian Earnings Divide PDF Logo
Authors:Constant, Amelie F.
Kahanec, Martin
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:DIW-Diskussionspapiere 627
Abstract:Ethnic differences are often considered to be powerful sources of diverse economic behavior. In this paper, we investigate whether and how ethnicity affects Ukrainian labor market outcomes. Using micro data from the Ukrainian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (ULMS) and Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition of earnings, we find a persistent and rising labor market divide between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians throughout Ukraine?s transition era. We establish that language rather than nationality is the key factor behind this ethnic premium favoring Russians. Our findings further document that this premium is larger among males than among females.
Subjects:Ethnicity
earnings differences
discrimination
transitional labor markets
ethnic premium
JEL:J70
J15
J82
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:DIW-Diskussionspapiere
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