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Do part-time/full-time compensation differentials for nurses vary between the private and public sector?

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This study examines whether, compared to their private sector counterparts, public sector health care employers are at a disadvantage using part-time (PT) nurses to lower labour costs. Findings reveal a lack of a PT wage differential. Public and Private sector PT nurses are less likely to receive health care and pension coverage compared with full-time (FT) nurses. Yet, these PT/FT nonwage compensation coverage differentials do not vary across sectors. The nonwage findings are interpreted as suggesting that public sector health care employers are just as likely as private sector health care employers to benefit from cost savings associated with lower nonwage coverage for PT nurses.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190, USA 2: Division of Business and Economics, Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI 53082-0359, USA 3: Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2009

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