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Seniority, Earnings and Unions

Booth, Alison L and Frank, Jeff (1994) Seniority, Earnings and Unions. Working Paper. C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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Abstract

This paper uses a new data source to investigate whether wages rise more with seniority in unionized or non-unionized workplaces. The data distinguish workers who are covered by incremental wage scales with automatic progression by seniority. For union workers with seniority scales, the union wage differential increases with seniority. This is not the case for union workers without seniority scales. Taking account of this heterogeneity, we are able to reconcile previous paradoxical empirical findings. The results provide support for discriminating monopoly models of the trade union and have important efficiency and distributional implications.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discriminating Monopoly Union Models; Earnings; Incremental Wage Scales; Seniority; Trade Unions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 10:19
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 10:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3199

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