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Collective Bargaining and Staff Salaries in American Colleges and Universities

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  • Daniel B. Klaff
  • Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Our study is the first study that addresses the impact of collective bargaining coverage on salaries in academia for employees other than faculty. We use data from a 1997-98 study on the costs of staffing in higher education conducted by the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers and other sources to estimate the impact of staff unions on staff salaries in American higher education. Our best estimate is that for the occupations in our sample, collective bargaining coverage raises staff salaries by at most 10 to 20 percent relative to the salaries of comparable higher education employees not covered by union contracts.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 8861.

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Date of creation: Mar 2002
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Publication status: published as Klaff, Daniel B. and Ronald G. Ehrenberg. "Collective Bargaining And Staff Salaries In American Colleges And Universities," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2003, v57(1,Oct), 92-104.
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  1. Ehrenberg, R.G.Ronald G., 2004. "Econometric studies of higher education," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 121(1-2), pages 19-37.
  2. Ronald G. Ehrenberg, 2002. "Studying Ourselves: The Academic Labor Market," NBER Working Papers 8965, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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