Time Consistency and Bureaucratic Budget Competition

27 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2006

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Sebastian G. Kessing

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung (WZB) - Market Processes and Governance; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Kai A. Konrad

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

High employment protection in the public sector results in strategic over-employment if government divisions compete for budgets in a dynamic setting. Bureaucrats who are interested in maximising their divisions' output employ excess labor, since this induces the sponsor to provide complementary inputs in the future. Restrictions on hiring decisions in the public sector can be regarded as provisions to reduce strategic hiring. We also provide evidence from a survey of decision makers in a public sector bureaucracy with very high employment protection. The results confirm that decision makers are aware of the strategic effects of their hiring decisions on budget allocation.

Keywords: bureaucratic competition, time consistency, labor intensity, public sector

JEL Classification: H11, H61, H83

Suggested Citation

Kessing, Sebastian G. and Konrad, Kai A., Time Consistency and Bureaucratic Budget Competition (August 2006). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1791. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=932495

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