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The influence of non -wage compensation on private -sector unionization in the United States

Wayne Alan Edwards, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

Private sector unionization has been declining in the United States for more than forty years. Traditional explanations for this decline fall into four major categories: (1) Structural shift in the economy; (2) Public policy substitution for union services; (3) Management opposition to unions; and (4) Weak organizing strategies on the part of unions. This dissertation examines the impact of the changing composition of employee compensation on unionization. Specifically, I investigate how unionization is affected by the ratio of non-wage pay to total compensation. Three different analyses are used: (1) Aggregate time series analysis of the national economy from 1948–1997; (2) Pooled cross-section, time series analysis of geographic variation in the effect across states from 1983–1996; and (3) Pooled cross-section, time series analysis of variation in the effect across industries from 1983–1996. In each case, a statistically significant negative relationship is uncovered between non-wage compensation as a percentage of total compensation and union density. ^

Subject Area

Economics, Labor

Recommended Citation

Edwards, Wayne Alan, "The influence of non -wage compensation on private -sector unionization in the United States" (2000). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9967366.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI9967366

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