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The Relationship Between Union Membership and Net Fiscal Impact

October 2, 201912:00 pm1:30 pm


What is the net fiscal impact of an individual’s union membership status? What is the effect on taxes they pay and cost of public benefits they receive? Using data from the Current Population Survey, this talk will present evidence on how labor relations interact with public economics, suggesting that union membership has a positive net fiscal impact through the worker?level channels studied.

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About the Speaker

Jose Pacas began working at the MPC as a research assistant between 2012 and 2015. After a couple of years as an economist for the Poverty Statistics Branch at the US Census Bureau, he returned as full-time research staff in 2017. He focuses primarily on the IPUMS USA project while also helping on the IPUMS CPS project. His research has focused on using Census data to study labor markets, poverty, immigration and racial/ethnic disparities. Current research projects focus on the factors influencing poverty transitions and the net fiscal impact of labor unions. Prior work has varied from estimating the population of undocumented immigrants in the US to a historical profile of the biomedical labor force.


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