Dissatisfied Union Workers: Sorting Revisited

21 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2015

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Colin P. Green

Department of Economics

John S. Heywood

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Date Written: September 2015


A substantial literature argues that the reported job dissatisfaction of union members is spurious. It reflects either the sorting of dissatisfied workers into union membership or the sorting of union recognition into worse jobs. We contribute by presenting the first panel data estimates that hold constant first worker fixed effects and then worker in job fixed effects. The estimates demonstrate that covered union members typically report greater dissatisfaction even when accounting for sorting in both dimensions. At the same time, cross‐sectional evidence of less satisfied covered non‐members and uncovered members vanishes when accounting for sorting.

Suggested Citation

Green, Colin P. and Heywood, John S., Dissatisfied Union Workers: Sorting Revisited (September 2015). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 53, Issue 3, pp. 580-600, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2649478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12090

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