The Causal Effect of Faculty Unions on Institutional Decision-Making

30 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2010  

Stephen R. Porter

Iowa State University

Clinton M. Stephens

Iowa State University

Date Written: November 8, 2010

Abstract

The goal of this paper is to estimate the causal effect of unionization on institutional decision-making. We use a national survey of presidents and faculty senate leaders to measure the level of shared governance at 341 public universities in fifteen different areas. To address the endogeneity of faculty unionization, we use an index of state employee collective bargaining rights as an instrument for unionization. We find that unionization greatly increases faculty influence over decision-making in areas such as setting faculty salary scales, individual faculty salaries, appointing department chairs, and appointments to institution-wide committees.

Keywords: unions, faculty, higher education

JEL Classification: J45, J51, I23

Suggested Citation

Porter, Stephen R. and Stephens, Clinton M., The Causal Effect of Faculty Unions on Institutional Decision-Making (November 8, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1705713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1705713

Stephen R. Porter (Contact Author)

Iowa State University ( email )

Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

Clinton M. Stephens

Iowa State University ( email )

Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

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