Date of Defense

Spring 4-16-1997



First Advisor

Wei-Chiao Huang, Economics

Second Advisor

Donald L. Alexander, Economics

Third Advisor

David G. Houghton, Political Science


full-time equated, FTE, federal employment, classified state employees


Examines the national trends of employment to make a comparison for Michigan State government employment. Results show that Michigan's public employment trends do not follow national employment trends in a comparable way. Michigan is distinct from the nation for several reasons: a hiring freeze placed on Michigan State Departments, higher levels of union participation and employee pay, and benefits packages that cost more than the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Thus, either Michigan provides superior benefits or it pays a premium for those benefits. Suggests further research is needed.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access