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Unions and the sword of justice: unions and pay systems, pay inequality, pay discrimination and low pay

Metcalf, David and Hansen, Kirstine and Charlwood, Andy (2000) Unions and the sword of justice: unions and pay systems, pay inequality, pay discrimination and low pay. CEPDP, 452. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753013673

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Abstract

Dispersion in pay is lower among union members than among non-unionists. This reflects two factors. First, union members and jobs are more homogeneous than their non-union counterparts. Second, union wage policies within and across firms lower pay dispersion. Unions'' minimum wage targets also truncate the lower tail of the union distribution. There are two major consequences of these egalitarian union wage policies. First, the return to human capital is lower in firms which recognise unions than in the unorganised sector. Second, unions compress the wage structure by gender, race and occupation.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2000 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2008 15:43
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2012 17:05
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/20195

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