Christian Nsiah, BW finance professor

Dr. Christian Nsiah demonstrates how labor unions can discourage discrimination against obese women in the workplace.

International Journal Publishes Finance Professor's Labor Union Study

June 7, 2016

Christian Nsiah, BW finance professorA study that demonstrates how labor unions can protect against discrimination in the workplace is one of two manuscripts by Baldwin Wallace finance professor Christian Nsiah, Ph.D. that were recently published in international journals.

Economics Bulletin published Dr. Nsiah's study that asked, "Do unions reduce the wage penalty experienced by obese women?," cowritten with Ron Debeaumont of Black Hills State University. Nsiah and Debeaumont have collaborated in the past to discuss the protection provided by unions to females with children.

Protection by Unions

Nsiah explains, "Most people argue that unions have outlived their usefulness to workers and act as more of a political organization in modern American society. Our results show union membership still helps protects the rights of individuals against workplace discrimination."

Their research, including this most recent manuscript, takes a new look at unions to explore how they bridge the societal wage inequality gap, where overweight women generally receive lower compensation for their work when compared to thinner women. Nsiah and Debeaumont explain how unions provide protection of overweight women by eliminating this bias and inequality.

An Analysis of Economic Growth in Africa

Journal of Developing Areas coverNsiah also had a paper published by The Journal of Developing Areas, "The spatial effects on the rate of economic growth: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa," was co-written with Bichaka Fayissa from Middle Tennessee State University & Chen Wu from Southeast Missouri State University.

Their collaborative research examines how bordering countries affect one another's economic growth, pushes for policy makers in Africa to direct their policies at these clusters of economically-similar countries, and calls for improvement in infrastructure development and capital formation.