The rising public sector pay premium in the New Zealand labour market
Gibson, J. (2008). The rising public sector pay premium in the New Zealand labour market. (Department of Economics Working Paper Series, Number 16/08). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.
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This note reports propensity score matching estimates of the public sector pay premium in New Zealand for each year from 2003 until 2007. Comparing with observably similar private sector workers shows that public sector workers have received a pay premium that has grown in each year, from almost zero in 2003 to 22 percent in 2007. Unless there have been unmeasured changes in the attributes of public sector jobs that give rise to compensating pay differentials, this rising public sector pay premium is most plausibly attributed to an increase in non-competitive rents.
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