Deregulation and Labor Earnings in the Airline Industry

  title={Deregulation and Labor Earnings in the Airline Industry},
  author={David Card},
  journal={Industrial Organization \& Regulation eJournal},
  • David Card
  • Published 1 July 1996
  • Economics
  • Industrial Organization & Regulation eJournal
This paper uses a variety of data sources to study the effect of deregulation on the structure of wages in the airline industry. Microdata from the 1980 and 1990 Censuses show a 10 percent decline in the relative earnings of airline workers after deregulation, with roughly similar declines for industry-specific occupations (pilots and flight attendants) and general occupations (managers and secretaries). Union contract data for pilots, flight attendants and mechanics at the major firms show… 

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