Public Sector Wage Policy and Labor Market Equilibrium: A Structural Model

Jake Bradley, Fabien Postel-Vinay, Helene Turon

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We develop and estimate a structural model that incorporates a sizable public sector in a labor market with search frictions. The wage distribution and the employment rate in the public sector are taken as exogenous policy parameters. Overall wage distribution and employment rate are determined within the model, taking into account the private sector's endogenous response to public sector employment policies. Job turnover is sector specific and transitions between sectors depend on the worker's decision to accept alternative employment in the same or different sector by comparing the value of employment in the current and prospective jobs. The model is estimated on British data by a method of moments. We use the model to simulate the impact of various counterfactual public sector wage and employment policies.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberjvw026
Pages (from-to)1214-1257
Number of pages44
JournalJournal of the European Economic Association
Issue number6
Early online date14 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Structured keywords

  • ECON Macroeconomics


  • public sector
  • structural model
  • wages
  • employment


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