Does it pay to be a public-sector employee?

Direct wage comparisons show that public-sector 
employees earn around 15% more than private-sector employees. But should these differences be interpreted as a “public-sector premium”?  Professor Fabien Postel-Vinay explores this question in an article for IZA World of Labor.  

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Sir Anthony Atkinson (1944 - 2017)

Sir Tony Atkinson, professor and head of the Department of Political Economy from 1976-9, died aged 72 on 1 January 2017. He will be remembered throughout the economics profession for the clarity and insight of his work on the principles and design of public policy and the importance of his empirical investigations into inequality and poverty. 

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