Asymmetries in the Union Wage Premium in Ghana

Posted: 29 Feb 2008 Last revised: 29 Jan 2019

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Niels-Hugo Blunch

Washington and Lee University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Dorte Verner

World Bank - Latin America and Caribbean Region

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

There is little evidence on the size of the union wage premium in developing economies. The article uses a matched employer-employee data set for Ghana and adopts a quantile regression approach that allows the effects of unionization to vary across the conditional wage distribution. It is shown that if there are intrafirm differences in unionization, there does appear to be a premium among poorer paid workers in the formal sector. Although this cannot be given a causal interpretation, it suggests important issues about how unions may affect one part of the labor market.

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Suggested Citation

Blunch, Niels-Hugo and Verner, Dorte, Asymmetries in the Union Wage Premium in Ghana (2004). The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 237-252, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=923670

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