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Corporate Taxes and Union Wages in the United States

Alison Felix and James Hines ()

No 15263, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper evaluates the effect of U.S. state corporate income taxes on union wages. American workers who belong to unions are paid more than their non-union counterparts, and this difference is greater in low-tax locations, reflecting that unions and employers share tax savings associated with low tax rates. In 2000 the difference between average union and non-union hourly wages was $1.88 greater in states with corporate tax rates below four percent than in states with tax rates of nine percent and above. Controlling for observable worker characteristics, a one percent lower state tax rate is associated with a 0.36 percent higher union wage premium, suggesting that workers in a fully unionized firm capture roughly 54 percent of the benefits of low tax rates.

JEL-codes: H22 H25 J31 J51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-acc, nep-bec, nep-lab, nep-pbe and nep-pub
Date: 2009-08
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