Faculty Publications

Title

The impact of wives' earnings on earnings inequality among married-couple households in Malaysia

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Household earnings inequality, Income inequality, Malaysia, Women in development, Women's employment

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Asian Economics

Volume

15

Issue

1

First Page

49

Last Page

70

Abstract

Using data from the First and Second Malaysian Family Life Surveys, we analyze the effects of wives' earnings on household earnings' inequality in Peninsular Malaysia in 1976 and 1988. We find that wives' earnings helped equalize the distribution of household earnings in Malaysia, both at the two points in time and over time. The equalizing effect of wives' earnings over time is in part due to the fact that the correlation between husbands' and wives' earnings decreased between 1976 and 1988. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

2-1-2004

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.asieco.2003.12.002

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