Public Management Occasional Papers

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This series contains papers prepared for the Public Management Committee of the OECD.  The papers cover such topics as public sector pay, information systems, policy coherence, marketable permits, contracting out, user charging, and transfer programmes.
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Wage Determination in the Public Sector

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A France/Italy Comparison No. 21 You do not have access to this content

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03 Feb 1998
9789264162365 (PDF) ;9789264156982(print)

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Traditionally, pay analysis in the public sector has been based on cross section data, such as average or median wages. This study differs in that micro longitudinal data are used to explain and compare pay determination in the French and Italian civil services. Based on examples, the report presents different readings obtained from aggregate data and individual longitudinal data. It focuses on the weight of various components of human capital -- gender, age, year of birth, seniority, educational level -- on trends in civil servants' pay throughout working life. This type of analysis sheds new light in the area of human resource management in the civil service and, in particular, may be seen as a key tool for analysing gender pay discrimination.
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Executive summary
Institutional features and recent reforms in France and Italy
--The case of France
--The case of Italy
-II. Evolution of pay and employment
--The case of France
--The case of Italy
Chapter 1. Data sets: a description
I. France
-II. Italy
Chapter 2. The structure and dynamics of wages
I. Wage growth and distribution
--Different approaches
--The Italian case
--The French case
-II. The evolution of the wage structure by socio-economic group
-III. Patterns of wage differentials by sub-sector in Italy
-IV. Patterns of wage differentials by occupation in France
Chapter 3. Age earnings profiles
I. Age earnings profiles by cohort
Chapter 4. An analysis of the gender wage gap
I. Analysis of variance
-II. Closing the gap: an econometric analysis
--Estimation of the gender wage differential
Chapter 5. Concluding remarks

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