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Unions and Managerial Pay

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  • DiNardo, J.
  • Hallock, K.
  • Pischke, J.-S.

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Unions compress the wage distribution among workers covered by union contracts. We ask whether unions also have an effect on the mangers of unionized firms. To this end we collected and assembled data on unionization and managerial pay within firms and industries in the US and across countries. Genarally, we find a negative correlation between executive compensation and unionization in our cross-section data, but no relationship of changes in unionization on the growth of compensation of executives over time.

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  • DiNardo, J. & Hallock, K. & Pischke, J.-S., 1998. "Unions and Managerial Pay," Papers 97-98-18, California Irvine - School of Social Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:calirv:97-98-18
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    1. Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson, 2013. "Economics versus Politics: Pitfalls of Policy Advice," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 27(2), pages 173-192, Spring.
    2. Rafael Gomez & Konstantinos Tzioumis, 2006. "What Do Unions Do to Executive Compensation?," CEP Discussion Papers dp0720, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    3. Frydman, Carola & Molloy, Raven, 2012. "Pay Cuts for the Boss: Executive Compensation in the 1940s," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 72(01), pages 225-251, March.
    4. Richard B. Freeman, 2000. "Single Peaked Vs. Diversified Capitalism: The Relation Between Economic Institutions and Outcomes," NBER Working Papers 7556, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Keywords

    MANAGERS ; WAGES ; LABOUR UNIONS;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects

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