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Five Decades of Union Wages, Nonunion Wages, and Union Wage Gaps at Unionstats.com

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  • Macpherson, David A.

    (Trinity University)

  • Hirsch, Barry

    (Georgia State University)

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Union, nonunion, and overall wages, plus regression-based union wage gap estimates, are provided annually, beginning in 1973 using the Current Population Surveys (CPS). The estimates are presented economy-wide by demographics and sectors (private/public, industries). Union wage gaps are higher in the private than in the public sector, higher for men than women, roughly similar for black and white men, and much higher for black than for white women. We estimate mean weekly earnings above CPS topcodes by gender and year, assuming a Pareto distribution in the right tail of the distribution. The database is online and will be updated annually.

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  • Macpherson, David A. & Hirsch, Barry, 2021. "Five Decades of Union Wages, Nonunion Wages, and Union Wage Gaps at Unionstats.com," IZA Discussion Papers 14398, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    earnings; union wage gaps; CPS topcodes;
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    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access

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