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Factors Influencing Governors' Salaries: An Update and Extension

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  • M. H. Tuttle

    (Sam Houston State University)

  • Donald L. Bumpass

    (Sam Houston State University)

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This paper updates and extends an earlier study by Abraham, Johnson and Uyar (1994) by examining the determinants of governors’ salaries for the forty-eight contiguous states. State per capita personal income, population, unemployment rate and per capita government revenues are the primary determinants of governors’ compensation. Further, state per capita revenues and expenditures have a negative impact on governors’ pay. Our findings support the view that a governor’s pay is based primarily on the responsibility and productivity measures given the size of a state’s economy and government.

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  • M. H. Tuttle & Donald L. Bumpass, 2008. "Factors Influencing Governors' Salaries: An Update and Extension," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 34(1), pages 35-43.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:34:y:2008:i:1:p:35-43
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    JEL classification:

    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General

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