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Brazilian Journal of Political Economy

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MORICONI, Gabriela Miranda; MOURA NETO, João S.; MARCONI, Nelson  and  ARVATE, Paulo Roberto. Different patterns of wage policies in Brazilian state governments. Rev. Econ. Polit. [online]. 2009, vol.29, n.3, pp.114-134. ISSN 1809-4538.

Public servant wages represent a significant part of Brazilian state governments' current expenses. Based on the literature, this paper has tried to identify which states practice efficient, compensatory or appropriation wage politics through the estimation of public-private wage differentials. The differential of salaries was calculated between 1995 and 2004 following the Oaxaca's technique. The results show that the wage policy of an important number of states has had efficiency and a numerous part of the North and the Northeast states have developed compensatory politics. The Federal District and Roraima practiced a wage policy characterized by explicit appropriation.

Keywords : public-private differential; wages; public expenditure.

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