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Unions and Family Income Inequality

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  • Michael Podgursky

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The effect of union wage gains of private-sector blue-collar workers on the size distribution of family incomes and the level of poverty in 1970 is examined in this paper. Collective bargaining wage gains are found to compress the distribution of income among union families. When union and nonunion families are combined, however, the union impact on measured inequality is negligible, due in part to the fact that, on average, middle-income families reap the largest gains from collective bargaining. The impact of union wage gains on the incidence of poverty also is very small.

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  • Michael Podgursky, 1983. "Unions and Family Income Inequality," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 18(4), pages 574-591.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:18:y:1983:i:4:p:574-591
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    1. Richard B. Freeman & James L. Medoff, 1982. "The Impact of Collective Bargaining: Can the New Facts Be Explained by Monopoly Unionism?," NBER Working Papers 0837, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Thomas Volscho, Jr., 2004. "Income Distribution in 14 OECD Nations, 1967-2000: Evidence from the Luxembourg Income Study," LIS Working papers 386, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.

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