The changing determinants of U.S. Unionism: An analysis using worker-level data

Keith A. Bender*

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Abstract

In contrast to much of the literature examining the decline of trade unions in the United States, I examine the decline from the perspective of the individual employee. Worker-level data combined with industry-level data for the years 1972 and 1987 are used to investigate the decline. The central findings are that the changing sex and race composition of the labor force and increases in management resistance have had little influence, while gains in educational levels, changing occupations, and reductions in the economies of scale of union organizing have contributed greatly to the decline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-423
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Labor Research
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1997

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