*Department of Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara. Special thanks for the valuable suggestions of Richard Freeman, Larry Katz, Steve Trejo, and three anonymous referees.
Do Immigrants Have Lower Unionization Propensities than Natives?
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2008
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 248–261, March 1993
How to Cite
FUNKHOUSER, E. (1993), Do Immigrants Have Lower Unionization Propensities than Natives?. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 32: 248–261. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.1993.tb01030.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2008
Using a unique source of data-the April 1983 Current Population Survey-this paper examines unionization behavior by nativity. The results indicate that the unionization propensity of immigrants is similar to that of natives, even when controlling for individual, regional, and industrial characteristics. The explanation lies in the lower unionization propensity of all recent entrants to the U.S. labor force, whether immigrant or native.