Earnings of Public Sector and Private Sector Employees in Australia: Is There a Difference?
AbstractThis study examines differences in average weekly earnings between public-sector and private-sector employees in Australia. In the 1990s, average weekly earnings of full-time public sector employees were higher than for full-time private sector employees by 10 to 15 percent for males and 20 to 25 percent for females. A variety of decomposition tests are applied to examine the sources of this intersector difference in average weekly earnings. The tests generally show that higher average weekly earnings of public-sector employees are wholly explained by intersector differences in productivity-related characteristics of employees and job characteristics in each sector. Copyright 1998 by The Economic Society of Australia.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal The Economic Record.
Volume (Year): 74 (1998)
Issue (Month): 224 (March)
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- Borland, J. & Hirschberg, J. & Lyse, J., 1996. "Earning of Public Sector and Private Sector Employees in Australia: Is There a Difference?," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 514, The University of Melbourne.
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
- J39 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Other
- J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
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