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Are Union Representatives Badly Paid? Evidence From France

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In this paper, the author studies the wage differential between firms' union representatives and their coworkers using a linked employer-employee dataset. On the employee side of the data, the surveyed workers are asked if they are unionized but one do not know which unionized workers are union representatives. On the employer side of the data, the author has access to the number of union representatives and unionized workers in each firm. The author uses this information to construct an indicator of the firm-level probability for a randomly drawn unionized worker to be union representative.

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