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Sep 21

Are Government Workers Overpaid?

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Government workers have experienced little of the economic downturn. Since the recession began, the private sector has lost nearly 8 million jobs, but government payrolls have increased. Four out of five jobs “created or saved” by the stimulus were in government, and government pay has risen faster than private sector compensation over the past five years. Are government workers overpaid? Do their skills really merit their salaries and benefits? Are there better ways to set compensation for the public sector? Scholars from three of the nation’s leading think tanks will offer answers to these questions.

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Andrew Biggs
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Chris Edwards
Director, Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute

James Sherk
Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics, The Heritage Foundation

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