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Unions, pension wealth, and age-compensation profiles

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  • Steven G. Allen
  • Robert L. Clark
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    This paper examines the effect of unions on both the magnitude and distribution of pension benefits. An analysis of experience during 1973-79 under a sample of defined benefit plans shows that beneficiaries retire at an earlier age under collectively bargained plans than under other plans, receive larger benefits when they retire, and receive larger increases in their benefits after they retire. Also, benefit differentials within and across cohorts of retirees are smaller among union than nonunion beneficiaries. The average union-nonunion differential is therefore greater in total compensation (wages plus pension benefits) than in wages alone. Because pension benefits grow more rapidly with years of service in the nonunion sector, however, the total compensation differential narrows with age more quickly than the wage differential. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 39 (1986)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 502-517

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:39:y:1986:i:4:p:502-517

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    Cited by:
    1. Alan L. Gustman & Olivia S. Mitchell & Thomas L. Steinmeier, 1993. "The Role of Pensions in the Labor Market," NBER Working Papers 4295, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Lu, Yi & Tao, Zhigang & Wang, Yijiang, 2010. "Union effects on performance and employment relations: Evidence from China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(1), pages 202-210, March.
    3. Kathleen McGarry & Andrew Davenport, 1997. "Pensions and the Distribution of Wealth," NBER Working Papers 6171, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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