Wharton Pension Research Council Working Papers

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It is often argued that compensation patterns for public sector employees are higher than in the private sector. This chapter examines some of the reasons for the observed differences in total compensation costs between US state and local government employers and private industry employers. We examine compensation costs by industry, occupation, union status, and employee benefit participation.


The published version of this Working Paper may be found in the 2009 publication: The Future of Public Employee Retirement Systems.

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© 2008 Pension Research Council of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. All rights reserved.


Opinions and errors are solely those of the author and not of the institutions with whom the author is affiliated. This research was presented at the 2008 Pension Research Council Symposium.

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Date Posted: 07 August 2019