Skip to main content

Metropolitan Earnings Inequality: Union and Government-Sector Employment Effects

Buy Article:

$48.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Objective.

This study examines the effects of union density and government-sector employment on earnings inequality in Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States. Methods.

Data on 167 MSAs from the 2000 Census are analyzed using standard regression techniques. Four measures of Atkinson's index (e=0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0) are used as the measure of earnings inequality for full-time, year-round workers. Results.

MSAs with greater union density and greater government-sector employment have lower earnings inequality. The progressive effect of union density is strongest for earners in the middle of the distribution and less beneficial for workers at the bottom of the distribution. Government employment is generally associated with lower levels of earnings inequality, but state and federal government employment have the strongest effects. Conclusion.

Even in the late 1990s, unions and government-sector employment remain effective at reducing earnings inequality.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0038-4941.2005.00348.x

Affiliations: University of Connecticut

Publication date: December 1, 2005

bpl/ssqu/2005/00000086/00000005/art00019
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more