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Public employment and the double role of bureaucrats
() and Eva Mörk
Abstract: Bureaucrats in the government sector have a double role
since they are both suppliers and demanders of public employment; they are
publicly employed (supply labor) and they have an important say in deciding
the size of the municipal employment (demand labor). In this paper we
present and estimate a theoretical model that focuses on this double role
of bureaucrats. The predictions from the theoretical model are supported by
our empirical results: The estimates based on data from Swedish
municipalities 1990–2002, show that wages have smaller effects on the
demand for bureaucrats than on the demand for other types of public
employees. Actually wages have no significant effect on the number of
bureaucrats the municipality employs.
Keywords: Public employment; bureaucrats; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J45; (follow links to similar papers)
27 pages, September 6, 2004
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Dahlberg, Matz and Eva Mörk, 'Public employment and the double role of bureaucrats', Public Choice.
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