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Bargaining unit composition and the returns to education and tenure

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  • Linda Babcock
  • John Engberg
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    Using data on collectively bargained outcomes in Pennsylvania schools in 1983-89, the authors find a strong relationship between the returns to education and tenure and the distribution of those attributes in the bargaining unit. For instance, the higher the median level of teacher tenure in a district, the greater was the pay gap between teachers with low and high tenure. This relationship was very strong in districts with vigorous community support for union activities and weak or nonexistent in districts with low union support. The authors argue that, consistent with the "median voter model," the unions in this study pushed hardest to advance the interests of their typical members, and that they were most effective in doing so where the community was generally supportive of unions. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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

    Volume (Year): 52 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 2 (January)
    Pages: 163-178

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:52:y:1999:i:2:p:163-178

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    Cited by:
    1. Rose, Heather & Sonstelie, Jon, 2010. "School board politics, school district size, and the bargaining power of teachers' unions," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 67(3), pages 438-450, May.
    2. John V. Winters, 2011. "Teacher Salaries and Teacher Unions: A Spatial Econometric Approach," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 64(4), pages 747-764, July.
    3. Brunner, Eric J. & Squires, Tim, 2013. "The bargaining power of teachers’ unions and the allocation of school resources," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 15-27.
    4. Babcock, Linda & Engberg, John & Greenbaum, Robert, 2005. "Wage spillovers in public sector contract negotiations: the importance of social comparisons," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 395-416, July.

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