Seniority, Earnings and Unions
This paper uses a new data source to investigate whether wages rise more with seniority in unionized or nonunionized workplaces. The data distinguish establishments that have incremental wage scales with automatic progression by seniority. For unions with seniority scales, the union wage differential is increasing with seniority. This is not the case for unions without seniority scales. Taking account of this heterogeneity, the authors are able to reconcile previous paradoxical empirical findings. The results provide support for discriminating monopoly models of the trade union and have important efficiency and distributional implications. Copyright 1996 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Volume (Year): 63 (1996)
Issue (Month): 252 (November)
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