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Union membership in the United States, 1973û1981

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  • Edward C. Kokkelenberg
  • Donna R. Sockell

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This paper reports estimates of union membership gathered from May Current Population Surveys, from 1973 to 1981. The authors present data by occupation, industry, selected states and SMSAs, race, gender, and educational attainment. The paper both extends and differs from that by Freeman and Medoff, which presents unionism estimates for the private sector for 1968-75. To facilitate longitudinal analysis, this paper reports three-year moving averages of occupational and industry data and annual estimates of demographic classifications. The data include public sector as well as private sector workers, and they exclude workers not covered by the National Labor Relations Act. Also, the authors provide only union-membership estimates, not estimates on workers covered by union contracts. This paper suggests that the percentage of all workers that are unionized in the United States remained fairly constant over the 1973-81 period. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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Volume (Year): 38 (1985)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 497-543

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Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:38:y:1985:i:4:p:497-543

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  1. Elisabetta Magnani & David Prentice, 2000. "Did Globalization Reduce Unionisation? Evidence from U.S. Manufacturing," Working Papers, School of Economics, La Trobe University 2000.17, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  2. Edward N. Wolff, . "Skills, Computerization, and Earnings in the Postwar U.S. Economy," Economics Working Paper Archive, Levy Economics Institute wp_331, Levy Economics Institute.
  3. Laura ROVEGNO, 2010. "Trade Protection and Market Power: Evidence from US Antidumping and Countervailing duties," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales), Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) 2010043, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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  5. Ann P. Bartel & Frank R. Lichtenberg, 1988. "Technical Change, Learning, and Wages," NBER Working Papers 2732, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Woodbury, Stephen A & Hamermesh, Daniel S, 1992. "Taxes, Fringe Benefits and Faculty," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 74(2), pages 287-96, May.
  7. MacDonald, James M. & Ollinger, Michael & Nelson, Kenneth E. & Handy, Charles R., 2000. "Consolidation In U.S. Meatpacking," Agricultural Economics Reports, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service 34021, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  8. Elisabetta Magnani & David Prentice, 2000. "Unionisation, short-run flexibility and cost efficiency: Evidence from U.S. manufacturing," Working Papers, School of Economics, La Trobe University 2000.04, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  9. Thomas Karier, 1991. "Accounting for the Decline in Private Sector Unionization: Representation Elections, Structural Change and Restructuring," Economics Working Paper Archive, Levy Economics Institute wp_44, Levy Economics Institute.

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