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Union Wages, Rents, and Skills in Health Care Labor Markets

  • Hirsch, B.T.
  • Scumacher, E.J.

We examine the effect of unions on the earnings of health acre workers, with emphasis on the measurement and sources of union wage premiums. Using data constructed from the 1973 through 1994 Current Population Surveys, standard union premium estimates are found to be substantially lower among workers in health care than in other sectors of the economy, and to be smaller among higher skill than among lower skill occupational groups.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Florida State University in its series Working Papers with number 1996_03_02.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fsu:wpaper:1996_03_02
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