Schooling and wages in urban Pakistan: an analysis of the 1977 socioeconomic survey of Rawalpindi

by Dennis N. De Tray

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Analyzes male wages using a sample of households drawn from a single urban area in Pakistan. Three issues are addressed: (1) the accuracy of wage and work history information based on a survey methodology in which one respondent reports on all household members, (2) the applicability of human capital models of wage determination to data from developing countries, and (3) the usefulness of individual-level data as a basis for policy information. The author concludes (1) that the survey methodology is acceptable so long as researchers are aware that respondents are not a random subset of all household members, (2) that human capital models applied to data from developing countries yield empirical relationships similar to those found in developed countries, and (3) that were similar data available on a national level they could serve as the basis for important policy research.

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