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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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  • Kathleen Classen Utgoff, 1983. "Compensation Levels and Quit Rates in the Public Sector," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 18(3), pages 394-406.
  • 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 Chapters,in: When Public Sector Workers Unionize, pages 217-242 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. repec:eee:labchp:v:3:y:1999:i:pc:p:3573-3630 is not listed on IDEAS
    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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