First-Timers and Late-Bloomers: Youth-Adult Unionization Differences in a Cohort of the U.S. Labor Force
36 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2008
Date Written: June 19, 2008
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
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