The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 30, 2010
Column Extra: Read the research that used Bee's pay database

Space constraints limit our State Worker column on Thursdays to roughly 400 words, so much of what we learn in the ramp-up to writing never sees print. Column Extras give State Worker blog users more information -- the notes, the quotes and the documents that inform the weekly feature.

Part of today's State Worker column looks at a new report on the impact of wage information on employees. The research used The Bee's state worker pay database to gauge how knowledge of colleagues' pay affected workers at University of California campuses in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Diego.

Click here to read the report by researchers David Card, Alexandre Mas, Enrico Moretti and Emmanuel Saez.

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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