Seniority Profiles in Unionized Workplaces: Do Unions Still have the Edge?

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Abstract

The focus of this study is to distinguish the different paths seniority earning profiles follow depending on whether the individual is employed in a workplace where trade unions and collective bargaining are present, or not. Within this framework, two propositions are set. In the union sector seniority should be an important determinant of wages, while in the non-union sector productivity, proxied by occupational experience, should have a key role on earning profiles. The empirical analysis verifies both propositions. Seniority earning profiles appear to be steeper in the union sector, while occupational expertise is estimated to have a more significant role in non-union jobs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-345
Number of pages18
JournalOxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Volume70
Issue number3
Early online date11 Jan 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • labor-market
  • job seniority
  • trade-unions
  • wages rise
  • earnings
  • Britain
  • decline
  • tenure
  • model
  • strategies

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