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The Aggregate Gains of Eliminating Gender and Ethnic Gaps in the Malaysian Labor Market

February 27, 2020

DECRG Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series

  • In recent years, several papers have calculated the macroeconomic costs associated with gender gaps in the labor market (see, for example, Cavalcanti and Tavares (2015) and Cuberes and Teignier (2016). On the other hand, some papers have also used the concept of misallocation of inputs to calculate the costs of excluding certain minority groups from the labor market (Hsieh et al. 2013). In this paper we use data from Malaysia to calculate the gains of eliminating gender and ethnic labor market gaps in Malaysia for the period 2010-2017. More specifically, we focus on gaps in terms of employment, in general, as well as entrepreneurship. The calculations of gender gaps are also carried out for different age groups and different ethnic groups using the same methodology as Cuberes and Teignier (2016) and Cuberes and Teignier (2019). There is a vast literature documenting the presence of gender gaps in the labor market in both developing and developed countries. Women are often underrepresented in the labor force in general, but especially in entrepreneurial occupations.

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  • David Cuberes is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Clark University (USA). He held previous positions at University of Sheffield (UK), University of Alicante (Spain), and Clemson University (USA). He has also been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Royal Holloway (UK) and a Visiting Fellow at Warwick University (UK). David earned his PhD in Economics from University of Chicago in 2005 after receiving a MA in Economics at CEMFI (Spain) and a BA in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain). David’s research interests are economic growth, urban economics, and economic history. He has published papers at Economic Journal, Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Human Capital, B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Economics Letters, Macroeconomic Dynamics and Journal of Demographic Economics, among others. He is also the author of several book chapters on economic growth and gender inequality and a regular contributor in the Spanish economics blog Nada es Gratis. He teaches courses in economic growth, money and banking, macroeconomics, and econometrics. David is an external consultant for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank and the European Institute for Gender Equality.

    Marc Teignier is currently a Lecturer Professor at the University of Barcelona (Economic Theory section). Prior to that, he worked as a Professor at the University of Alicante and as a post-doc researcher at the University of the Basque Country. Marc earned his PhD in economics from The University of Chicago in June 2010 after receiving BA and MA degrees in economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). Marc teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and his research interests include the study of the macroeconomic effects of gender inequalities and talent misallocation, or the determinants of structural transformation. His articles have been published at the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Journal of Human Capital, or the B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics. Marc has also worked as an external consultant for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United Nations.


  • WHEN: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:30 - 2:00PM
  • WHERE: World Bank Malaysia Office, Level 3, Sasana Kijang, No. 2, Jalan Dato’ Onn
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