First-Timers and Late-Bloomers: Youth-Adult Unionization Differences in a Cohort of the U.S. Labor Force

36 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2008

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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

Date Written: June 19, 2008

Abstract

This paper analyzes youth-adult unionization differences by uniquely using the NLSY79 to follow a single group of individuals from age 15/16 to 40/41. Youth-adult differences are shown to be largest for individuals aged 15-17, and largely disappear by age 23. Research shows that workers are most likely to be unionized in their forties, but this paper also shows that most individuals are first unionized at a much younger age, and that younger workers have a greater opportunity and/or propensity to be unionized than adults. Important contrasts between the stock and flow of youth and adult unionized workers are therefore uncovered.

Keywords: union membership

JEL Classification: J50

Suggested Citation

Booth, Jonathan E. and Budd, John W. and Munday, Kristen M., First-Timers and Late-Bloomers: Youth-Adult Unionization Differences in a Cohort of the U.S. Labor Force (June 19, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1149006 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1149006

Jonathan E. Booth

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John W. Budd (Contact Author)

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Kristen M. Munday

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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