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Public Sector Wages and Bureaucratic Quality: Evidence from Latin America

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The purpose of this paper is to present evidence on public-private wage differential for a sample of Latin American countries and to discuss the relationship between public-private wage differentials and bureaucratic quality in the Region. The paper starts by estimating public-private wage differentials for a sample of 17 Latin American countries covering 88 percent of the population of the Region. Next, the paper looks at the relationship between bureaucratic quality and public-private wage differentials and finds that, while there is no correlation between average public sector wages and bureaucratic quality, there is a positive correlation between bureaucratic quality and the degree

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  • Ugo Panizza, 2001. "Public Sector Wages and Bureaucratic Quality: Evidence from Latin America," ECONOMIA JOURNAL OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION, ECONOMIA JOURNAL OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION, vol. 0(Fall 2001), pages 97-152, August.
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