The Determinants of the Distribution of Family Earning: A Case Study of Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Haque, Nadeem Ul

     The purpose of this dissertation is "to investigate labor markets and earnings behavior in urban Pakistan. In that context many issues . . . [are] examined and a number of hypotheses . . . empirically tested using data from Rawalpindi city." After the introduction comes a chapter that "provides a description of the data and city from which the data are drawn . . . and summarizes the salient features of the data. The third chapter explores the relationship between the human capital variables and personal earnings of individuals. The chapter also documents differences that emerge between the employed and the self-employed. For an understanding of the goodness of fit of the human capital model to the data from Rawalpindi, comparisons with other studies are also made. The fourth chapter analyzes the endogeneity of the work-stations decision and tests some specific hypotheses regarding the functioning of labor markets. The fifth chapter analyzes the distribution of family earnings. In particular, the influence of secondary earner labor force decisions on this distribution is examined. The sixth and final chapter summarizes the main conclusions of the study.