Salary Erosion and Federal Judicial Resignation
Scott Duke Kominers
September 25, 2008
This paper studies the effects of judicial salary erosion on federal judicial resignation levels using biographical data on federal judges. Our study is the first to study resignation levels exclusively and is the first to examine the post-resignation employment of federal judges. Prior literature has identified partisanship and pension eligibility as the primary determinants of judicial turnover. By contrast, we find that salary levels have a striking effect on judicial resignation levels which has been obscured in the turnover literature. Salary erosion increases the rate of judicial resignation and particularly increases the rate of resignation to return to private practice.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Salary erosion, Judicial pay, Judicial resignation, Judicial turnover, Federal judiciary, Post-resignation judicial employment
JEL Classification: J30, J38, J44, J68, K40, M52
Date posted: March 30, 2008 ; Last revised: September 28, 2008