Two days ago, splendid reader Steve Stein asked for some statistics to back up this claim made on NPR by a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute (and noted by the hardworking staff).
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.
So we sent an email to the good folks at the Institute.
Dear Sir or Madam:
I write the blog Campaign Outsider . . . Yesterday I posted an entry that referred to the Manhattan Institute’s Edmund McMahon and his comment on NPR that “I think the research is pretty clear that total compensation in the public sector is greater than total compensation in the private sector.”
One of my splendid readers then commented thusly:
“Do we get a link to McMahon’s ‘pretty clear’ research? Pretty please? (If not, such a claim is worse than worthless!)”
Can you help me out with this so I can reply to the commenter?
Thank you for your time and consideration.
John R. Carroll
And sure enough, press officer (and roud BU alum) Kasia Zabawa sent this:
Dear Professor Carroll,
Here are two links to such research:
The first is by Chris Edwards of Cato and the other by Andrew Biggs of AEI (contain links or references to other research and the underlying numbers).
Kasia (COM/CAS 2008)
Say thank you to Kasia, Steve.