Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229408
Authors: 
Bidisha, Sayema Haque
Mahmood, Tanveer
Rahman, Mahir A.
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper No. 2021/7
Abstract: 
With structural changes in production coupled with technological progress, there have been shifts in modes of production and patterns of employment, with important consequences on task composition of occupations. This paper has utilized different rounds of Labour Force Survey data of Bangladesh and combined it with occupation network data of the United States along with its country-specific database and analysed the role of such factors on labour market outcomes. Our analysis shows a fall in the average routine intensity of tasks with no evidence of job polarization. We find a decline in earnings inequality where the decomposition analysis shows that earnings structure effect rather than characteristics effect plays a key role, with routine-task intensity of jobs and education explaining the majority of differences in earnings. Our analysis suggests that investing in education should be the highest priority, with greater emphasis on skillbiased training programmes, particularly those involving cognitive skill.
Subjects: 
Labour Force Survey
inequality
job polarization
education premium
routine-task intensity
decomposition
Bangladesh
JEL: 
D31
O53
J21
J24
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-941-9
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/igo/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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