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Unions and Managerial Pay

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

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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Paper provided by California Irvine - School of Social Sciences in its series Papers with number 97-98-18.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:calirv:97-98-18

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