Are Union Wage Differentials in the United States Falling?

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  • MCKINLEY L. BLACKBURN

    1. Department of Economics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
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      Department of Economics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. E-mail: blackbrn@moore.sc.edu. I wish to thank Alex Bryson, Barry Hirsch, and Joseph Tracy, and seminar participants at the University of Georgia, for helpful comments that have improved the paper.


Abstract

This paper addresses several estimation and specification issues in estimating union wage differentials in the United States over the last two decades. Estimates provide strong evidence of a decline in the differential for women. For men, the differential appears to have declined for a person with overall average characteristics, but not for a male with characteristics of the average unionized male.

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