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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: What Would the Average Public Sector Employee be Paid in the Private Sector?
Authors: Siminski, P 
Institution: University of Wollongong
Publication Date: Mar-2008
Pages: 30
Keywords: public sector
panel data
Abstract: This paper estimates the average Australian public sector wage premium. It includes a detailed critical review of the methods available to address this issue. The chosen approach is a quasi‐differenced panel data model, estimated by the Generalised Method of Moments, which has many advantages over other methods and has not been used before for this topic. I find a positive average public sector wage premium for both sexes. The best estimates are 6.7% for men and 10.5% for women. The estimate is statistically significant for men (p = 0.024) and for women (p < 0.001). No evidence is found to suggest that the public sector has an equalising effect on the wages of its workers.
Keywords: Finance; Finance -- Income (Salary and Wages); Employment; Employment -- Labour Markets
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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