Public employment and the double role of bureaucrats

Författare: Matz Dahlberg, Och Eva Mörk, Och

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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
JEL-codes: H7, J45