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Clicker Quiz. Approximately what percentage of U.S. workers were union members in 2010? a)6% b)12% c)22% d)34% 1.

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1 Clicker Quiz

2 Approximately what percentage of U.S. workers were union members in 2010? a)6% b)12% c)22% d)34% 1

3 Women are much less likely to be union members than men. This is: a)because women have fundamentally different attitudes about unions b)because women are more likely to be in less-unionized industries and occupations c)because unions are legally allowed to discriminate against women d)not true 2

4 Over the last few decades, industrial production has shifted from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and Southwest regions of the U.S. This fact is most consistent with the: a)managerial-opposition hypothesis b)union-growth hypothesis c)substitution hypothesis d)structural-change hypothesis 3

5 The monopoly union model assumes that the union: a)faces a wage-employment tradeoff, given as the firms demand for labor curve b)will be able to increase both the wages and employment of its members c)will attempt to negotiate an efficient contract with the firm d)attempts to maximize the wage rate 4

6 π 1 and π 2 are firm isoprofit curves. The monopoly union outcome is given by point ū. Which of the following is a true statement? If the firm pays: Labor Wage D WuWu WyWy QyQy QuQu QxQx π1π1 π2π2 x y WxWx ū a)W x and employs Q x workers, its profit will be lower than at ū b)W x and employs Q x workers, its profit will be higher than at ū c)W y and employs Q y workers, its profit will be lower than at ū d)W x and employs Q x workers, its profit will be lower than if it pays W y and employs Q y workers 5

7 In the diagram below, EC is the employer concession curve and UR is the union resistance curve. The UR curve will shift up if the expected costs of a strike to the: EC UR W* Wage Expected strike length T* a)union are reduced b)union are increased c)firm are reduced d)firm are increased 6

8 If nonunion workers in a given occupation are paid $16 per hour while union workers receive $20 per hour, the pure union wage advantage is: a)20% b)25% c)80% d)more information is required 7

9 If nonunion workers in a given occupation are paid $16 per hour while union workers receive $20 per hour, the pure union wage advantage is: a)20% b)25% c)80% d)more information is required 7

10 The nonunion wage rate may rise as the result of a union wage increase because of the: a)spillover effect b)superior-worker effect c)threat effect d)compensating wage differential effect 8

11 The measured union wage advantage may overstate the pure union wage advantage because: a)workers who lose their jobs in the union sector may seek and obtain jobs in the nonunion sector, reducing wage rates in the latter b)nonunion employers may increase the wages they pay their workers to reduce the likelihood their firms will become unionized c)workers who lose their jobs in the union sector may prefer to remain in the union sector, hoping to be recalled rather than accepting lower-paying nonunion wages d)unionized plants tend to be less efficient, resulting in lower marginal products of union workers 9

12 Unions may reduce economic efficiency by: a)providing an exit mechanism b)insisting promotions be based on ability rather than seniority c)imposing restrictive work rules d)reducing worker turnover 10

13 The allocative efficiency loss associated with unions arises because: a)job losers in the union sector take away jobs from more productive workers in the nonunion sector b)the value of lost output in the union sector is greater than the value of any additional output in the nonunion sector c)the union wage rises above the value of marginal product while the nonunion wage falls below it d)job losers in the union sector are unqualified to work in the nonunion sector, so society loses their potential output 11

14 Empirical estimates generally show that unions reduce: a)both firm profitability and economic efficiency b)firm profitability but improve economic efficiency c)economic efficiency but there is no consensus regarding their effects on firm profitability d)firm profitability but there is no consensus regarding their effects on economic efficiency 12

15 In 2008 the ratio of female to male hourly wages was approximately a)45%-55% b)60%-70% c)75%-85% d)90%-100% 13

16 Comparing the experiences of African Americans and women, evidence suggests that African Americans are more likely to be subject to a)employment discrimination, while women are more likely to be subject to human capital discrimination b)occupational discrimination, while women are more likely to be subject to wage discrimination c)wage discrimination, while women are more likely to be subject to employment discrimination d)employment discrimination, while women are more likely to be subject to occupational discrimination 14

17 Assume that all workers are equally productive, but that male wages are $14 and female wages are $10. An employer who employs only male workers has a discrimination coefficient of: a)at most 0.4 b)at least $4 c)at most $4 d)at least 10/14 15

18 According to Beckers taste-for- discrimination model: a)a person is judged on the basis of the average characteristics of her or his demographic group b)the process of competition will cause discrimination-based wage differentials to persist over long periods of time c)there will be discrimination-based wage differentials because a firm with market power distinguishes between different groups with different elasticities of labor supply d)the process of competition should put discriminating employers at a competitive disadvantage 16

19 According to the demand and supply interpretation of Beckers model, which one of the following will tend to reduce the male-female wage gap? a)An increase in the supply of female labor b)An increase in the discrimination coefficients of some employers c)An increase in the number of nondiscriminating firms d)An overall increase in the demand for labor 17

20 The statistical discrimination model and Beckers taste-for-discrimination model: a)are alike in that both predict discriminating firms will have higher profits b)are alike in that both predict discriminating firms will have lower profits c)differ in that the former results in potentially increased profits; firms with a taste for discrimination will have lower profits d)differ in that the former results in lower profits; firms with a taste for discrimination will have higher profits 18

21 Empirical estimates of the extent of discrimination may be upwardly biased if: a)certain variables which have a positive effect on productivity are omitted from the study b)certain variables which have a negative effect on productivity are omitted from the study c)many variables (such as education or occupation) reflect discriminatory decisions d)all of the above 19


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