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What Businesses Attract Unions? Unionization over the Life-Cycle of U.S. Establishments

Emin Dinlersoz (), Henry Hyatt () and Jeremy Greenwood

No 24, Economie d'Avant Garde Research Reports from Economie d'Avant Garde

Abstract: What type of businesses attract unions? A theory of union learning and organizing is developed to provide an answer to this question. A union monitors establishments in an industry to learn about their productivity and decides which ones to organize. An establishment becomes unionized if the union wins a certification election, the outcome of which can be influenced by costly actions taken by the two parties. The model offers predictions on the nature of union selection, which are examined empirically. Data on union certification elections, matched with data on establishment characteristics, is used to explore where union activity is concentrated. In Industrial and Labor Relations Review (May 2017), v. 70, n. 3: 733–766.

Keywords: Unionization; Union Organizing; Union Selection; Union Certification Election; Diffusion of Unionization; Employer Resistance to Unionization; Bayesian Learning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J5 J50 J51 L11 L23 L25 L6 D24 D21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-05
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