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Public Sector Wage Policy and Labor Market Equilibrium: A Structural Model

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  • Jake Bradley
  • Fabien Postel-Vinay

    (Département d'économie)

  • Hélène Turon

    (Department of Economics (University of Bristol))

Abstract

We develop and estimate a structural model that incorporates a sizable public sector in a labor market with search frictions. The wage distribution and the employment rate in the public sector are taken as exogenous policy parameters. Overall wage distribution and employment rate are determined within the model, taking into account the private sector's endogenous response to public sector employment policies. Job turnover is sector specific and transitions between sectors depend on the worker's decision to accept alternative employment in the same or different sector by comparing the value of employment in the current and prospective jobs. The model is estimated on British data by a method of moments. We use the model to simulate the impact of various counterfactual public sector wage and employment policies.

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  • Jake Bradley & Fabien Postel-Vinay & Hélène Turon, 2014. "Public Sector Wage Policy and Labor Market Equilibrium: A Structural Model," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/23tsoiu9ve8, Sciences Po.
  • Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/23tsoiu9ve8lubqe4pa2of8d7d
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    1. Francois Langot & Shaimaa Yassin, 2016. "Informality, Public Employment and Employment Protection in Developing Countries," IRENE Working Papers 16-09, IRENE Institute of Economic Research.
    2. Gomes, Pedro Maia, 2017. "Heterogeneity and the Public Sector Wage Policy," IZA Discussion Papers 11091, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Labour market; Policy market; Employment rate; Public sector;

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