More slop from the debate over who makes better money: public sector or private sector workers.
From Dan Bobkoff’s piece on Friday’s All Things Considered:
[I]s it true that many government workers have a cushy gig? On one side, there are researchers like Jeffery Keefe of Rutgers University who says when you add up all the pay and retirement plans and other benefits, public sector workers are…
Mr. JEFFREY KEEFE (Rutgers University): For the most part paid at market or slightly below market.
BOBKOFF: Precisely 3.7 percent less by his calculation. But these are just averages because there are a lot of jobs in government that just dont exist in the private sector, like say, prison warden. So apples-to-apples comparisons arent easy.
And, people like E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute disagree with Keiths claim.
Mr. E.J. McMAHON (Manhattan Institute): I think the research is pretty clear that total compensation in the public sector is greater than total compensation in the private sector.
(Note to splendid reader Michael Pahre: We report, you deride.)