Economic Effects of the Firefighters' Union

30 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2004

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Casey Ichniowski

Columbia Business School - Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 1978


This is a study of the effects of unionism in the public sector occupation of firefighting. A large and detailed set of data permits the examination of submarkets of this occupation. A before/after methodology is introduced to obtain more precise estimates of union wage differentials. The study's findings are: (1) that there is a greater union effect on fringes than on salaries which indicates a significant alteration in the composition of the compensation package;(2) that the estimates from the before/after methodology confirm the cross-section results which show modest union wage differentials; and ,most significantly, (3) that the union effect varies along different dimensions -- most notably the length of the contractual arrangement between municipality and union.

Suggested Citation

Ichniowski, Bernard E. (Casey), Economic Effects of the Firefighters' Union (October 1978). NBER Working Paper No. w0291, Available at SSRN:

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