Pedro Gomes, 30 May 2016

There are sometimes large wage disparities between the private and public sector. In this video, Pedro Gomes presents his research on how to set wages in the public sector. The study focuses on finding principles that can help policymakers design policies for public employment. This video was recorded in March 2016 during the Royal Economic Society’s Annual Conference held at the University of Sussex.

Masayuki Morikawa, 23 November 2014

The appropriate level of public sector wages is debated frequently in every country, and the debate has intensified in the wake of the global financial crisis. This column presents evidence that regional wage differentials in Japan are greater in the private sector than in the public sector. In regions where public sector wages are relatively high, skilled individuals may self-select into public sector jobs. At the same time, public sector employers in metropolitan regions such as Tokyo may have difficulty in hiring high quality employees.

Jesús Sánchez, Javier Pérez, 20 March 2010

Do public sector wages have an influence on private sector wages? This column presents new evidence from the Eurozone in the 1990s suggesting that the relationship changes over time and across countries. Within a particular year, however, public sector wages play a “signalling role” in influencing private sector wages.


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