Managers' Productivity and Recruitment in the Public Sector: The Case of School Principals

72 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2019 Last revised: 24 Sep 2021

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Pablo Munoz

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics

Mounu Prem

Universidad del Rosario

Date Written: September 24, 2021

Abstract

Governments face many constraints in attracting talented managers to the public sector, where high-powered incentives are often absent. In this paper, we study how a civil service reform in Chile affected the effectiveness of a vital group of public sector managers, school principals. We measure principals’ effectiveness using an extension of the canonical teacher value-added model and we evaluate the effect of the reform using a difference-in-differences approach. We find that public schools appoint more effective managers after increasing the competitiveness and transparency of their selection process. Our result shows that despite rigid wage schemes, the public sector can enhance public service provision trough better recruitment policies.

Keywords: Public sector, Recruitment, School principals, Managers

JEL Classification: J3, J8, M5, I2

Suggested Citation

Munoz, Pablo and Prem, Mounu, Managers' Productivity and Recruitment in the Public Sector: The Case of School Principals (September 24, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3480718 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3480718

Pablo Munoz (Contact Author)

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Mounu Prem

Universidad del Rosario ( email )

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Bogota
Colombia

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