Unionization and Labour‐Market Discrimination: A Closer Look at Non‐Unionized Workers

16 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2013

See all articles by Julien Picault

Julien Picault

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Picault, Julien, Unionization and Labour‐Market Discrimination: A Closer Look at Non‐Unionized Workers (September 2013). LABOUR, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 272-287, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2305077 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/labr.12014

Julien Picault (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC) ( email )

2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4
Canada

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
3
Abstract Views
560
PlumX Metrics