Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/232864
Authors: 
Marinescu, Ioana E.
Qiu, Yue
Sojourner, Aaron
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 14112
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
Wage inequality does not fully capture differences in job quality. Jobs also differ along other key dimensions, including the prevalence of labor rights violations. We construct novel measures of labor violation rates using data from federal agencies. Within local industries over time, a 10% increase in the average wage is associated with a 0.15% decrease in the number of violations per employee and a 4% decrease in fines per dollar of pay. Reduced labor market concentration and increased union coverage rate are also associated with reductions in labor violations. Overall, labor violations are regressive: they increase inequality in job quality.
Subjects: 
wage differentials
inequality
worker power
labor rights
JEL: 
J31
J83
J32
J33
J28
K31
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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