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Jason L. Kopelman

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November 2014Are Public Sector Jobs Recession-Proof? Were They Ever?
with Harvey S. Rosen: w20692
We use data from the Displaced Worker Survey supplements of the Current Population Survey from 1984 to 2012 to investigate the differences in job loss rates between workers in the public and private sectors. Our focus is on the extent to which recessions affect the differential between job loss rates in the two sectors. Our main findings include the following: First, taking into account differences in characteristics among workers does not eliminate sectoral differences in the likelihood of losing one’s job. After accounting for worker characteristics, during both recessionary and non-recessionary periods, the probability of job loss is higher for private sector workers than for public sector workers at all levels of government. Second, the probability of displacement for private sector ...

Published: J. L. Kopelman & H. S. Rosen, 2016. "Are Public Sector Jobs Recession-proof? Were They Ever?," Public Finance Review, vol 44(3), pages 370-396.

 
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