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The Effect of Unions on Minority Representation in Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs

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  • Cihan Bilginsoy

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This paper uses program-level data to compare the relative representation of Blacks and Latinos in the construction industry apprenticeship programs organized with and without trade union participation. Econometric analysis shows that there are significant differences between the Black and Latino experiences. The Black share is higher in union-management joint programs but the Latino share appears to be higher in the unilateral employer programs. It is also observed that while both groups have lower representation in the higher-status (electrical and mechanical) and higher-paying occupations, the Latino share is more sensitive to earnings.

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  • Cihan Bilginsoy, 2003. "The Effect of Unions on Minority Representation in Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs," Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Utah 2003_03, University of Utah, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uta:papers:2003_03
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    1. Cihan Bilginsoy, 2003. "The Hazards of Training: Attrition and Retention in Construction Industry Apprenticeship Programs," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 57(1), pages 54-67, October.
    2. Ray Marshall & Vernon M. Briggs Jr., 1967. "Negro Participation in Apprenticeship Programs," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 2(1), pages 51-69.
    3. Polachek, Solomon William, 1981. "Occupational Self-Selection: A Human Capital Approach to Sex Differences in Occupational Structure," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 63(1), pages 60-69, February.
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    Keywords

    Trade unions; apprenticeship training; minorities;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects

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