Skills and Wages of Public Employees: Investigating Korean Bureaucracy Through PIAAC

56 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2016 Last revised: 29 Apr 2016

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M. Jae Moon

Yonsei University

Ju-Ho Lee

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Jin Park

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Jieun Chung

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Junghee Choi

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date Written: February 1, 2016

Abstract

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. This paper uses 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.

Suggested Citation

Moon, M. Jae and Lee, Ju-Ho and Park, Jin and Chung, Jieun and Choi, Junghee, Skills and Wages of Public Employees: Investigating Korean Bureaucracy Through PIAAC (February 1, 2016). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper No. 16-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2732556 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2732556

M. Jae Moon (Contact Author)

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Junghee Choi

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