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Tenure, Unions, and the Relationship between Employer Size and Wages

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  • Pearce, James E

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The unionization rate in a worker's industry and the worker's tenure are interacted with employer size in wage regressions using Current Population Survey data. The results provide insight into the relatively small size-wage relationship in the union sector. Nonunion tenure profiles steepen sharply with establishment size, while union profiles flatten. Also, the effect of industry unionization increases with firm size in the nonunion sector, a pattern indicative of threat effects. A separate analysis of nonunion wages indicates that size-wage relationships are stronger in occupations associated with high monitoring costs. Copyright 1990 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Pearce, James E, 1990. "Tenure, Unions, and the Relationship between Employer Size and Wages," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 8(2), pages 251-269, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:8:y:1990:i:2:p:251-69
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    1. Kuhn, Peter & Sweetman, Arthur, 1999. "Vulnerable Seniors: Unions, Tenure, and Wages Following Permanent Job Loss," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 17(4), pages 671-693, October.
    2. Montgomery, Edward & Shaw, Kathryn, 1997. "Pensions and Wage Premia," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 35(3), pages 510-522, July.
    3. Nikolaj Malchow-Møller & James R. Markusen & Bertel Schjerning, 2013. "Foreign Firms, Domestic Wages," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, pages 292-325.
    4. Todd Idson, 2000. "Employer Size Effects in Russia," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 300, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    5. Schaffner, Julie Anderson, 1998. "Premiums to employment in larger establishments: evidence from Peru," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(1), pages 81-113, February.
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