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Compensation Levels and Quit Rates in the Public Sector

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  • Kathleen Classen Utgoff
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    Many people feel that, despite the government's stated objective of pay comparability, government workers are paid more than their private-sector counterparts. The quit rate as a comparability measure is the subject of this paper. Since quit rates are a function of pay levels, comparable quit rates-adjusted for nonpay determinants-should mean comparable pay. The evidence presented here indicates that government quit rates are lower than private-sector quit rates although much of the difference can be accounted for by the large size of the government. It is also pointed out that comparability-of either pay or total compensation-is not an efficient principle.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 18 (1983)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 394-406

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:18:y:1983:i:3:p:394-406

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    1. Alan B. Krueger, 1988. "Are Public Sector Workers Paid More Than Their Alternative Wage? Evidence From Longitudinal Data and Job Queues," NBER Working Papers 2500, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    3. Gregory, Robert G. & Borland, Jeff, 1999. "Recent developments in public sector labor markets," Handbook of Labor Economics, in: O. Ashenfelter & D. Card (ed.), Handbook of Labor Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 53, pages 3573-3630 Elsevier.

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