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Development of public-private wage differential in the Netherlands 1979 - 2009


Publication number: 71
Authors: E. Berkhout, W. Salverda

The public premium has disappeared during the 1980s when public-private wage linkages have been abandoned. Although the balance was partly restored recently when wages in education improved, the public premium was still -2% in 2009. On average, public sector wages are unfavourable for men, people over 35 and higher educated. Most public-sector women earn a premium over private-sector women, but not in all cases: not in 1989, nor higher educated women in recent years.


Category: discussion papers