Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71634
Authors: 
Pencavel, John H.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7232
Abstract: 
The size distribution of trade unions in the United States and changes in this distribution are documented. Because the most profound changes are taking place among very large unions, these are subject to special analysis by invoking Pareto's distribution. This represents a new application of this distribution. Extensions to trade union wealth and to Britain are broached. The role of the public sector in these changes receives particular attention. A simple model helps account both for the logarithmic distribution of union membership and for the contrasting experiences of public and private sector unions since the 1970s.
Subjects: 
trade union membership
public-sector unions
Pareto's distribution
JEL: 
J51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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