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My approach is to use the estimates from that literature to quantify the potential contribution of monopoly unionism to the gap between MRS and MPL as measured in the aggregate. Lewis (1963, 1986) surveys much of a large literature attempting to estimate the union wage gap for various industries. He stresses (1986, pp. 9, 187) that wage gaps vary a lot from industry to industry, and are typically overestimated because union workers are expected to have more unmeasured human capital than nonunion workers (so that measured wage gaps are only part monopoly union power, and part human capital differences).

4) underline type denotes mandatory minimum compensation legislation Century of Distortions - 45 Table A-2: Labor Regulations 1960-80 Year Act 1963 Equal Pay Industries/Workers Affected Same as FLSA, times fraction of employment that is female 1963 Farm Labor Contractor Registration agricultural workers 1964 Civil Rights (Title VII) Same as FLSA, times fraction of employment that is non-white 1965 Executive Order 11246 Extension of Civil Rights and Equal Pay Acts to Government contractors Government contractors 1965 Service Contract 1966 Federal Metal and Nonmetallic Mine Safety metal and nonmetal mines Same as FLSA 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment 1968 Consumer Credit Protection Same as FLSA 1969 Coal Mine Health & Safety (Black Lung) Coal mines 1969 Construction Safety Employees of privately funded construction contracts 1970 Occupational Safety and Health All employees except state or federal government employees 1971 Postal Reorganization Postal employees 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Same as Civil Rights 1973 Rehabilitation Federal contractors 1974 Health Care Institutions nonsupervisory health industry employees 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Private sector employees with benefit plans Federal contractors (affected 1974 Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment employees estimated as federal contractor employees*Vietnam veterans/total employment) 1977 Federal Mine Safety and Health Amendments Coal, metal, and nonmetal mines 1977 Black Lung Benefits Reform Coal miners 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Same as Equal Pay 1978 Civil Service Reform Federal employees Notes: (1) Source is CSAB (1981, pp.

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