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Union Wage Effects in the Presence of Enterprise Bargaining

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  • Mark Wooden

    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

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Previous research on union wage effects has underestimated the potential for unions to raise member wages since the data used do not enable differences across bargaining units to be properly accounted for. This study addresses this deficiency by utilising matched employer-employee data which permit workplace-specific union wage effects to be identified. Results from the estimation of wage equations indicate that while there is only a very small intra-workplace union wage effect, differences across workplaces are considerable. This differential, however, only exists at workplaces where there is substantial coverage by collective agreements.

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  • Mark Wooden, 2000. "Union Wage Effects in the Presence of Enterprise Bargaining," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2000n07, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
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    1. Lixin Cai & Amy Y.C. Liu, 2008. "Union Wage Effects in Australia: Is There Variation along the Distribution?," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 84(267), pages 496-510, December.
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    8. Mark Wooden & Diana Warren, 2003. "The Characteristics of Casual and Fixed-Term Employment: Evidence from the HILDA Survey," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2003n15, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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