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Seniority Profiles in Unionized Workplaces: Do Unions Still have the Edge?

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  • Alexandros Zangelidis

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The focus of this study is to distinguish the different paths seniority earning profiles follow depending on whether the individual is employed in a workplace where trade unions and collective bargaining are present, or not. Within this framework, two propositions are set. In the union sector seniority should be an important determinant of wages, while in the non-union sector productivity, proxied by occupational experience, should have a key role on earning profiles. The empirical analysis verifies both propositions. Seniority earning profiles appear to be steeper in the union sector, while occupational expertise is estimated to have a more significant role in non-union jobs. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2008.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 70 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (06)
Pages: 327-345

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Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:70:y:2008:i:3:p:327-345

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  2. Giovanni Sulis, 2009. "Wage Returns to Experience and Tenure for Young Men in Italy," ESE Discussion Papers 189, Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh.
  3. Williams, Nicolas, 2009. "Seniority, experience, and wages in the UK," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 272-283, June.
  4. Michail Veliziotis, 2013. "Trade Unions and Unpaid Overtime in Britain," Working Papers 20131304, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  5. Paul Hek & Daniel Vuuren, 2011. "Are older workers overpaid? A literature review," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 18(4), pages 436-460, August.
  6. Pouliakas, Konstantinos & Panos, Georgios & Zangelidis, Alexandros, 2009. "The Inter-Related Dynamics of Dual Job Holding, Human Capital and Occupational Choice," MPRA Paper 16859, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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