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Public Libraries and Labor Markets

Malcolm Getz

NBER Working Paper No. 328
Issued in March 1979

Differences in labor compensation across 31 large public library systems are examined based on the author's interview survey. Salaries for recruit clerical workers, recruit librarians, and librarians with five years' experience are compared along with hours of work per week and fringe benefits. Cost of living differences in metropolitan areas and collective bargaining are found to be strongly associated with differences in labor compensation. The collective bargaining differential for experienced librarians seems to be about13.5 percent.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w0328

Published: Getz, Malcom. "Public Libraries and Labor Markets." Public Libraries: An Economic View, Chapter 3, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univeristy Press, (1980),pp. 56-71.

 
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