What Businesses Attract Unions? Unionization over the Life‐Cycle of U.S. Establishments

Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Forthcoming

74 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2014 Last revised: 22 Mar 2016

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Emin Dinlersoz

Center for Economic Studies - US Census Bureau

Jeremy Greenwood

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Henry R. Hyatt

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies

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Date Written: March 21, 2016

Abstract

What type of businesses attract unions? A theory of union learning and organizing is developed to provide an answer to this question. A union monitors establishments in an industry to learn about their productivity and decides which ones to organize. An establishment becomes unionized if the union wins a certification election, the outcome of which can be influenced by costly actions taken by the two parties. The model offers predictions on the nature of union selection, which are examined empirically. Data on union certification elections, matched with data on establishment characteristics, is used to explore where union activity is concentrated.

Keywords: Unionization, Union Organizing, Union Selection, Union Certification Election, Diffusion of Unionization, Employer Resistance to Unionization, Bayesian Learning

JEL Classification: J5, J50, J51, L11, L23, L25, L6, D24, D21

Suggested Citation

Dinlersoz, Emin and Greenwood, Jeremy and Hyatt, Henry R., What Businesses Attract Unions? Unionization over the Life‐Cycle of U.S. Establishments (March 21, 2016). Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399190 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2399190

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