Earnings inequality in Singapore

V. V. Bhanoji Rao*, D. S. Banerjee, Pundarik Mukhopadhaya

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)


Based on the data on earnings distributions from the national labour force surveys of 1974-98, trends in income inequality are studied. Of particular note are the findings from the Paglin Gini and Theil decompositions. The former show that behind an invariant overall Gini ratio lies a declining inter-age disparity and growing P-Gini. From the latter, it is found that inter-age and inter-educational disparities have respectively contributed some 12 per cent and 34 per cent to overall inequality. It is found that inter-occupational inequality, as measured by the Theil index, almost doubled in the period. This is in sharp contrast to trends in inter-educational activity, thus illustrating that the education-occupation linkage is not clear-cut.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-228
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the Asia Pacific Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Earnings inequality in Singapore'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this