Never Say Never? Uncovering the Never-Unionized in the United States

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Jonathan E. Booth

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

John W. Budd

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Kristen M. Munday

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

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Date Written: October 17, 2007

Abstract

At any given time, workers can be currently-unionized, formerly-unionized, or never-unionized. Research frequently focuses on the currently-unionized, but using 21 waves of NLSY79 data to track individuals starting at age 15 and 16, this paper shows that half of U.S. workers who are 40 or 41 years old in 2004 were once unionized, and another third have never been unionized. An analysis of the demographic and labor market characteristics of the never-unionized further suggests two types of never-unionized workers - those that stem from a lack of supply of unionized jobs, and those that stem from a lack of demand.

Keywords: union membership

JEL Classification: J50

Suggested Citation

Booth, Jonathan E. and Budd, John W. and Munday, Kristen M., Never Say Never? Uncovering the Never-Unionized in the United States (October 17, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1025432 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1025432

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