Unions, employment risks, and market provision of employment risk differentials

Michael J. Moore*

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The role of unions in providing compensating differentials for wage and hours risk is analyzed. Unions are shown to increase wages for workers in more risky jobs. A negative compensating differential for nonunion workers is taken as evidence of worker-specific, or supply-side risk. This component of risk is removed by controlling for union status, based on the belief that unionized firms will be more likely to filter out high-risk unproductive workers. Hours risk is compensated for in the labor market, while wage risk is not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-70
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Risk and Uncertainty
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


  • compensating differentials
  • hours risk
  • unions
  • wage risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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