By Megan Bensatte
Many believe this kind of transparency provides social benefit. For example, it could be argued that the disclosure of salary is a means to identify and address pay inequity, between men and women for example. Or that it shows discrepancy between public service and corporate pay. Recent research suggests that the public release of salary may increase productivity based on social comparison. And some believe those with higher salaries would feel social pressure to earn their keep.
Others feel the making this kind of information public is an invasion of privacy, or that it means little about a person without qualifiers, such as job duties, level of education and previous experience. For some, the concern is simply for the safety and welfare of those whose information is released.
This kind of information disclosure is not limited to federal government; local newspapers have been heard of publishing the salaries of teachers and city hall members as well.
What do you think from a public administration point of view? Should the salaries of public servants be public knowledge?