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The Determinants of Queues for Federal Jobs

  • Alan B. Krueger

This paper examines the determinants of the number and quality of outside applicants for federal job openings using a variety of time-series, cross-sectional and panel data sets. The main finding is that the application rate for government jobs increases as the ratio of federal to private sector earnings Increases, but does not appear to be related to the relative level of fringe benefits. Furthermore, an Increase in the federal-private sector earnings differential is associated with an increase in the average quality of applicants for federal jobs. The paper discusses the implications of these findings for wage determination and recruitment in the federal government.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2499.

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Date of creation: Jan 1988
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Publication status: published as Krueger, Alan B. "The Determinants of Queues for Federal Jobs," from the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 567-581, July 1988.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2499
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