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Title: Determinants and Consequences of Obtaining Unionized Employment
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1. Blau, Francine D.
Kahn, Lawrence M.
Determinants and Consequences of Obtaining Unionized Employment
Mimeo, Santa Barbara CA: Community and Organization Research Institute, University of California, 1979
Cohort(s): Young Men, Young Women
Publisher: Community and Organization Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
Keyword(s): Earnings; Employment; Job Search; Mobility, Job; Unemployment; Unions

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The report examines the union impact on job search. Using the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men and Young Women, the study finds that other things equal, the probability that a job changer obtains a union rather than a nonunion job is negatively associated with the number of weeks of unemployed search between jobs. This finding is consistent with a systematic search model. Searchers have prior information about the firms being sampled. To maximize expected wealth, job seekers contact high wage (union) firms before low wage (nonunion) firms. An inverse relationship between search time and unionism results. This finding further implies that existing estimates of union-nonunion wage differentials underestimate the total union effect when search time is taken into account. The difference in expected wage offers for union and nonunion jobs confronting searchers is found to be 24.9%.
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Blau, Francine D. and Lawrence M. Kahn. "Determinants and Consequences of Obtaining Unionized Employment." Mimeo, Santa Barbara CA: Community and Organization Research Institute, University of California, 1979.