Unionization and Labour‐Market Discrimination: A Closer Look at Non‐Unionized Workers
16 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2013
Date Written: September 2013
This paper introduces a model that examines the effects of unions on pay and hiring gaps between non‐unionized men and women in the context of imperfect competition. Although the model does not question the advantages unions obtain for their members, it does show that (1) unions increase wage and occupational discrimination for non‐unionized workers; (2) the non‐unionized sector does not constitute a good comparison group for use in analysing the impact of unions on gender discrimination; and (3) public policies targeting gender differences in occupational sorting can also have a positive impact on gender wage differentials.
JEL Classification: J51, J71
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