Sami Zouari

Document Type

Working Paper


This Population Council working paper investigates the dynamics of the wage gap between men and women in Morocco. Estimates have shown that women earn up to 35 percent less than men in the periods observed. Differences in characteristics between the two sexes, mainly due to the difference in human capital endowments, are explained by only a small proportion of the gap. A negative proportion reported, though, is a kind of breakthrough for women, since it means that in terms of human capital skills, women are better qualified than their male counterparts. These negative differences confirm that women, especially those working in the public sector, have characteristics, mainly in terms of education, which give them a partial advantage over men in terms of remuneration. The report recommends measures that will contribute to a resolution of the problem of discrimination in wages.