The Effect of Relative Wages and External Shocks on Public Sector Turnover

19 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2012

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Steve Bradley

Lancaster University

Colin P. Green

Department of Economics

John Mangan

University of Queensland - School of Economics

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

We use a unique database to investigate the determinants of quits and terminations amongst public servants where relative wages, job status and external shocks are used as explanatory variables. It is shown that in comparison with others in the public sector, nurses and teachers on permanent contracts are more likely to quit. More generally, both relative wages and external shocks are found to be an important determinant of turnover behaviour. The public policy implications of these findings are discussed.

JEL Classification: I10, J22, J44

Suggested Citation

Bradley, Steve and Green, Colin P. and Mangan, John, The Effect of Relative Wages and External Shocks on Public Sector Turnover (June 2012). Economic Record, Vol. 88, Issue 281, pp. 243-261, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2079904 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2011.00786.x

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Lancaster University ( email )

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Colin P. Green

Department of Economics ( email )

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John Mangan

University of Queensland - School of Economics ( email )

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