Who Do Unions Target? Unionization Over the Life-Cycle of U.S. Businesses

84 Pages Posted: 26 May 2014

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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: May 2014

Abstract

What type of businesses do unions target for organizing? A dynamic model of the union organizing process is constructed to answer this question. A union monitors establishments in an industry to learn about their productivity, and decides which ones to organize and when. An establishment becomes unionized if the union targets it for organizing and wins the union certification election. The model predicts two main selection effects: unions organizing occurs in larger and more productive establishments early in their life-cycles, and among the establishments targeted for organizing, unions are more likely to win elections in smaller and less productive ones. These predictions find support in union certification election data for 1977-2007 matched with data on establishment characteristics.

Suggested Citation

Dinlersoz, Emin and Greenwood, Jeremy and Hyatt, Henry R., Who Do Unions Target? Unionization Over the Life-Cycle of U.S. Businesses (May 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20151. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2441802

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