Econometrica: May 2022, Volume 90, Issue 3

Managers and Productivity in the Public Sector

https://doi.org/10.3982/ECTA19244
p. 1063-1084

Alessandra Fenizia

This paper studies the impacts of managers in the administrative public sector using novel Italian administrative data containing an outputā€based measure of productivity. Exploiting the rotation of managers across sites, I find that a one standard deviation increase in managerial talent raises office productivity by 10%. These gains are driven primarily by the exit of older workers who retire when more productive managers take over. I use these estimates to evaluate the optimal allocation of managers to offices. I find that assigning better managers to the largest and most productive offices would increase output by at least 6.9%.



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