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First-timers and late-bloomers: youth-adult unionization differences in a cohort of the U.S. labor force

Booth, Jonathan E., Budd, John W. and Munday, Kristen M. (2011) First-timers and late-bloomers: youth-adult unionization differences in a cohort of the U.S. labor force. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 64 (1). pp. 53-73. ISSN 0019-7939

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Abstract

The authors analyze youth–adult unionization differences by using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) to follow a single cohort of individuals from the ages of 15/16 to 40/41. They find that the differences between youth and adults are greatest at ages 15 to 17 and largely disappear by the age of 23. Though currently unionized workers are most likely to be in their forties or fifties, research also demonstrates that younger workers have a greater opportunity or are more inclined to be unionized than adults and that many individuals report having had a unionized job by the age of 25. The authors also find that whereas the stock of unionized workers is largest at middle age, the flow of workers into unionized jobs is greatest between the ages of 16 and 25.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ilrreview/default.html
Additional Information: © 2010 Cornell University
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Management
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Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2010 10:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30019/

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