The purpose of this paper is to examine the presence of a gender wage gap in Trinidad and Tobago and its possible influences.
Investigation of the issue utilised data from the 2008/2009 Household Budget Survey. A combination of linear regression and Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition analysis permits segregation of wage differences into explained and unexplained.
At the aggregate level, there is a significant difference between male and female wages. Investigation showed that the demographics with the highest levels of discrimination were in the age groups 35-44, income levels $3,000-$5,999 and private sector employment vs public sector.
The results of this research can serve as a useful tool for more gender-sensitive employment policies in Trinidad and Tobago, and possibly the wider Caribbean region.
The authors are Economists in the Research and Policy Department of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Central Bank.
Mahabir, R. and Ramrattan, D. (2015), "Influences on the gender wage gap of Trinidad and Tobago: An economic concept or a social construct?", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 140-151. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-06-2014-0014
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