Skills and Wages of Public Employees: Investigating Korean Bureaucracy through PIAAC
- Skills and Wages of Public Employees: Investigating Korean Bureaucracy through PIAAC
- Lee, Ju-Ho
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- Working Paper Series;WP16-02
- Korea’s public employees have made significant contributions to the country’s rapid
economic growth and social development. In recent years, however, there has been growing
concern that the competitiveness of Korea’s public employees is lagging behind Korea’s
private sector employees as well as the public employees of other countries. We use the
OECD PIAAC (Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) data to
empirically analyze Korean public employees’ skill level, skill-use, and learning, with
emphasis on comparison with public employees of OECD countries and the domestic private
sector. Also, we analyze the skill-wage gap and the returns to skills of public employees to
observe whether the wage system of public employees provides sufficient incentives for
human capital investment.
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