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James Peoples and Bin Wang
''The influence of privatization on occupational wages''
( 2009, Vol. 29 No.3 )
This paper uses individual worker and municipal information to examine privatization's influence on the wages of thirteen occupations. Findings reveal that the group of relatively low-skill content occupations comprising bus drivers and construction laborers receive a wage premium in the absence of privatization, and privatization is associated with an erosion of this premium. In contrast, the group of relatively high-skill content occupations comprising physicians and lawyers receive a non-trivial public sector discount in the absence of privatization and only the wage differential of physicians erodes with increased privatization. However, physician's public sector discount does not erode when estimating privatization's influence on this occupation's weekly earnings.
Keywords: privatization, occupational wage, wage differential
JEL: J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs: General
Manuscript Received : Apr 22 2009 Manuscript Accepted : Aug 17 2009

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