Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Peter F. Orazem

Second Advisor

Justin L. Tobias

Third Advisor

Anthony M. Townsend

Abstract

Beginning in the 1970s, graduate assistants have organized labor unions. Presently, 36 universities have a graduate-student union. However, the effect graduate-student unions have on wages, wage variance, health benefits, and organizational structure is unknown. This study uses data from the Chronicle of Higher Education and government data to estimate the economic effects of unionization. By using a multilevel model is used to control for intra-university correlation of wages, this study concludes graduate unions are effective at raising stipends, but ineffective at lowering fees, providing health-care coverage, and lowering intra-university wage variance.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16029

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Tom Schenk, Jr.

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1447624

OCLC Number

214285759

ISBN

9780549337898

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

74 pages

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