Labour Market Segmentation in Malaysian Services

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By Khong How Ling and K.S. Jomo

This is the first book to look at labor in Malaysian services, and also the first to use the labor market segmentation approach to study Malaysian labor. As in most other countries, the services sector has long accounted for more of the labor force than manufacturing in Malaysia. Studies of those working in services in developing countries have tended to focus on the public sector and, in recent decades, the informal sector. This study of workers in services also covers those in private enterprises, both modern (e.g. financial services) and traditional (e.g. transportation services). This study also looks more generallyat Malaysian labor market segmentation, especially at ethnicity and gender. Of particular importance are the impact of structural change in the economy and the interaction between these processes and the labor market on job and pay opportunities.

KHONG How Ling studied at the University of Malaya and the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge where she obtained her masters and doctoral degrees. She lives in San Francisco where she is involved with investment management.

Jomo K.S. was previously Professor in the Applied Economics Department at the University of Malaya. He became Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in January 2005. He is also (Honorary) Research Coordinator for the g24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Though in 2007.

Publication Year: 2009
208 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-487-6, Paperback

NUS Press