The Union Relative Wage Effect for Academic Librarians

7 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2006

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Debroah O. Lee

Mississippi State University - Department of Finance and Economics

Kevin E. Rogers

Mississippi State University - Department of Finance and Economics

Paul W. Grimes

Pittsburg State University; Mississippi State University - College of Business

Abstract

This note investigates the impact of labor unions on the starting salaries of academic librarians. Using data collected from members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and employing standard ordinary least squares (OLS) and seemingly unrelated regressions techniques, the union relative wage gap was estimated annually over the 1989-1998 time period. Three important results were found. First, unionized academic librarians received a positive and significant union wage premium throughout most of the decade studied. Second, this wage premium declined in magnitude over time following the trend in the economy as a whole. Lastly, by the end of the sample period, the wage effect had disappeared and was no longer significantly different from zero.

Suggested Citation

Lee, Deborah O. and Rogers, Kevin E. and Grimes, Paul W., The Union Relative Wage Effect for Academic Librarians. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 478-484, July 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=909326 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2006.00434.x

Deborah O. Lee (Contact Author)

Mississippi State University - Department of Finance and Economics ( email )

Mississippi State, MS 39762
United States

Kevin E. Rogers

Mississippi State University - Department of Finance and Economics ( email )

Box 9580
Mississippi State, MS 39762
United States

Paul W. Grimes

Pittsburg State University ( email )

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Mississippi State University - College of Business ( email )

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