Unions and Firm Profits

BRIAN E. BECKER, CRAIG A. OLSON

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Abstract

This study examines the effect of unionization on manufacturing firm profits, extending earlier research by combining industry‐level and firm‐level measures of unionization. Using several profit measures, we find that quasi‐rents from firm investments in intangible assets are a relatively greater source of union profit effects than product market concentration and that union profit effects occur largely in the first 10 percent of firm coverage, suggesting spillover effects on nonunion employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-415
Number of pages21
JournalIndustrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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