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ARANGO, Luis Eduardo  and  POSADA, Carlos Esteban. WAGES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR OF COLOMBIA, 1978-2005 . Ens. polit. econ. [online]. 2007, vol.25, n.55, pp.110-147. ISSN 0120-4483.

Using information of decrees on government posts ( personnel plants ) and earnings ( basic wage and other concepts of payment such as entertainment allowance , prime of management , feeding subsidize , etc.) an estimation of the true wage of the public servants in Colombia is presented . Personnel plants of about 150 institutions per year are examined between 1978 and 2005. According to the evidence , the average earnings in the public sector in 2005 was $1 ,426,244 in real terms . The path of earnings is associated to the average earnings of the administrative , operative and assistant levels which represent the majority of government posts .

Keywords : public sector wages; earnings; hierarchical level; wage level; personnel plants; public agencies.

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