Friday, March 15, 2013

US growth using post office data

Derek Watkings used US Post Office places and date of establishment to create this brilliant map. Is an interactive map. It can be seen how the far west was colonized during XIX and how fast the Postal service was spread through the US territory.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Civil Servants vs the market


The graph below plots the number of differences between statutory public employment and employment rules in the private sector. The topics analysed were:
·         General government employment falls under public law, while private sector employment falls under private law
·         Dispute resolution is referred to administrative court as opposed to regular courts
·         Different hiring rules
·         Hiring rules restrict employment to avoid hiring staff with conflicts of interest
·         Different rights and duties (right to strike, unions, etc.)
·         Different guarantees in favour of lifelong employment
·         Special benefits including social security and pension


The higher the value the more differences in rules between private labour and public labour.

And how does the number of hours compare?
country
Civil Servant Average hours worked per year (adjusted)
Country Average hours worked per year
%dif  Country avg. vs Civil Servants
Greece
1678
2032
21.1%
Mexico
1862
2250
20.9%
Korea
1814
2090
15.2%
Hungary
1770
1980
11.9%
Portugal
1545
1711
10.7%
Estonia
1750
1924
10.0%
Poland
1814
1937
6.8%
Finland
1578
1684
6.7%
Iceland
1629
1732
6.3%
Italy
1676
1774
5.9%
Turkey
1798
1877
4.4%
OECD countries
1742
1776
1.9%
Spain
1663
1690
1.6%
Chile
2048
2047
0.0%
Canada
1706
1702
-0.2%
Czech Republic
1782
1774
-0.4%
Japan
1736
1728
-0.4%
Slovak Republic
1806
1793
-0.7%
Ireland
1565
1543
-1.4%
Australia
1730
1693
-2.2%
United Kingdom
1667
1625
-2.5%
United States
1840
1787
-2.9%
Israel
1953
1890
-3.2%
New Zealand
1838
1762
-4.1%
Sweden
1735
1644
-5.2%
Belgium
1674
1577
-5.8%
France
1573
1476
-6.2%
Denmark
1631
1522
-6.7%
Slovenia
1802
1662
-7.8%
Austria
1786
1600
-10.4%
Switzerland
1913
1632
-14.7%
Norway
1674
1426
-14.8%
Netherlands
1654
1379
-16.6%
Germany
1814
1413
-22.1%