Public-private sector wage differentials in Australia

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This paper examines wage differentials between public sector and private sector workers in Australia. After controlling for observed characteristics and unobserved individual heterogeneity, [the authors] show that on average workers in the public sector earn about 5.1 per cent more hourly wages than in the private sector, and the public sector wage premium is slightly higher for females than males. Using a panel data quantile regression model with fixed effects, [the authors] show that the positive wage effects of public sector employment are heterogeneous, with comparatively larger...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Income; Industry; Statistics

Keywords: Wage differential; Public sector; Private sector; Longitudinal data; Data analysis

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: National Institute of Labour Studies, 2016

Physical description: 20 p.

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Series: NILS working paper series; no. 222/2016

Statement of responsibility: Stephane Mahuteau, Kostas Mavromaras, Sue Richardson and Rong Zhu

This research has also been published in 2017 as IZA discussion paper, no. 10719, available at:

Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 127.510

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