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Fiscally driven compensation reform and threats to human capital capacity in the public sector

Jared J. Llorens (Public Administration Institute, Louisiana State University)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Article publication date: 1 March 2015

Abstract

Compensation systems serve a critical role in strategic human resources management, and over the past twenty-five years, there have been an increasing number of public sector reform efforts aimed at better aligning compensation practices with institutional workforce needs. While many past reforms have been performance driven, the nationʼs most recent economic downturn has served as potent catalyst for a renewed focus on public sector compensation, particularly reforms to public sector retirement benefits. However, given the traditional importance of public sector retirement benefits within broader bureaucratic structures, these new reforms hold the potential to substantially alter human capital capacity in the public sector. Using wage and retirement benefit data from the U.S. Census Bureauʼs Current Population Survey and National Compensation Survey, this paper finds that state and local governments face significant threats to their long-term human capital capacity in light of potential benefit reforms that place a disproportionate emphasis upon competitive wage rates.

Citation

Llorens, J.J. (2015), "Fiscally driven compensation reform and threats to human capital capacity in the public sector", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 22-46. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOTB-18-01-2015-B003

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