Public Sector Earnings and the Extent of Unionization

INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, July 1997

Posted: 26 Mar 1997

See all articles by Dale Belman

Dale Belman

Michigan State University

John S. Heywood

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

John Lund

Iowa Department of Education

Abstract

Many studies have examined the influence of union density (union members as a percentage of all workers) on earnings in the private sector, but few such studies have looked at the public sector. Using data from the 1991 Current Population Survey, this study estimates the determinants of earnings for state and local government employees in both the union and non-union sectors. The extent of public sector unionization appears to be positively correlated with earnings for both state and local government workers and for those covered and not covered by collective agreements. Although the effect for non-covered employees is smaller than that for covered employees, both effects are larger than those typically found in similar estimates for the private sector. The authors also find that legal structure has some influence on earnings, with the most consistent effect being a positive influence of arbitration on the earnings of local government workers.

JEL Classification: J51, J52, J45

Suggested Citation

Belman, Dale and Heywood, John S. and Lund, John, Public Sector Earnings and the Extent of Unionization. INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, July 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3832

Dale Belman

Michigan State University ( email )

School of Labor and Industrial Relations
4th Floor, South Kedzie Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1032
United States
517-353-3905 (Phone)

John S. Heywood (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee ( email )

3210 N. Maryland Avenue, Bolton Hall 802
Bolton Hall 802
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States
414-229-4437 (Phone)
414-229-3860 (Fax)

John Lund

Iowa Department of Education ( email )

Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
United States

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

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
753
PlumX Metrics