The Brazilian wage curve: new evidence from the National Household Survey

Badi H. Baltagi, Bartlomiej Rokicki, Kênia Barreiro de Souza

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This paper reconsiders the Brazilian wage curve using individual data from the National Household Survey at 27 Federative Units over the period 2002–2009. We find evidence in favor of the Brazilian wage curve with an unemployment elasticity of −0.08. We also find that males in Brazil are significantly more responsive to local unemployment rates (−0.13) than their female counterparts. In fact, we find that the unemployment elasticity for women is statistically insignificant. Applying gender-specific unemployment rates, the elasticity for men decreases to −0.09, while the elasticity for women remains statistically insignificant. This paper also finds that the estimates for Brazilian wage curve are completely different for the case of formal and informal workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-286
Number of pages20
JournalEmpirical Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Fixed effects
  • Household Surveys
  • Informal workers
  • Regional labor markets
  • Wage curve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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