Sources of Income Growth and Inequality Across Ethnic Groups in Malaysia
November 24, 2016DECRG Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series

This paper examines the sources of income growth for major ethnic groups in Malaysia. An input–output structural decomposition analysis is extended and applied to the social accounting matrices of 1970 and 2000. The results indicate that the expansion of exports and the changes in the compensation of labor and capital inputs are the main determinants for the income changes. The effects differ largely between rural and urban areas, between skilled and unskilled workers, and between the major ethnic groups. The combination of these two determinants, however, is a dominant factor in explaining the increase in income inequality in Malaysia.

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  • Mohd Yusof Saari

    Head of Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis, University Putra Malaysia
    Mohd Yusof Saari (Yusof) obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is currently a head of Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis at the Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies, University Putra Malaysia. He also has been appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow for Khazanah Research Institute. Input-output, social accounting matrix (SAM) and applied general equilibrium models are his areas of expertise. He has published four books related to these areas which include Analisis dan Aplikasi Input-Output (2006), Input-Output Analysis: Foundations and Applications for Policy Analysis in Malaysia (2014), Income Distribution across Ethnic Groups in Malaysia: Applying Social Accounting Matrices (2015) and Social Accounting Matrices for Policy Analysis: Database Construction and Modelling (2016). He has published numerous articles in referred journals related to the applications of general equilibrium models which include the World Development, Ecological Economics, Economic Modelling, Asian Economic Journal, Singapore Economic Review and Journal of Income Distribution.
  • WHEN: Thursday, November 24, 2016; 12:30-2:00PM
  • WHERE: World Bank Malaysia Office, Level 3, Sasana Kijang, No. 2, Jalan Dato’ Onn
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