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Who Makes Pakistan s Economic Policies

latest, often more capital intensive, technologies whenever possible.
Since there was, as noted previously, some agreement that real agricultural wages have not risen on average, it seems unlikely that the observed rise in industrial wages is attributable to any healthy growth in labour demand pressing on wages. Rather, at least two tentative explanations were proffered: that rising strength and militancy of the unions has succeeded in raising members' wages; and that at least some of the wage escalation may be explained by a changing mix of firm sizes within the organised sector, with larger firms paying inherently higher wages. But either way, although India's industrial wages remain extremely low, workers within this sector may nonetheless be characterised as a labour aristocracy relative to agricultural labour.

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