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Cross-Generation Correlations of Union Status for Young People in Britain

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  • Jo Blanden
  • Stephen Machin

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This paper investigates whether young people whose fathers are union members are themselves more likely to join a union. We find that young people with unionized fathers are twice as likely to be unionized as those with non-union fathers; this rises to three times higher for those whose fathers are active in the union. This supports the idea that socialization within the family plays a role in encouraging union membership. It is not the case that the cross-generation correlations we observe are driven by common within-family characteristics (like occupation, industry and political persuasion) that are strongly related to union membership. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2003.

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Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Volume (Year): 41 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 391-415

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  1. Jonathan E. Booth & John Budd & Kristen M. Munday, 2010. "Never say never?: uncovering the never-unionized in the United States," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 28976, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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  3. Blanchflower, David G., 2006. "A Cross-Country Study of Union Membership," IZA Discussion Papers 2016, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  5. Timothy Smeeding, 2013. "GINI DP 89: On the relationship between income inequality and intergenerational mobility," GINI Discussion Papers, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies 89, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
  6. Goerke, Laszlo & Pannenberg, Markus, 2010. "Trade Union Membership and Dismissals," IZA Discussion Papers 5222, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. A Charlwood, 2003. "The Anatomy of Union Decline in Britain: 1990-1998," CEP Discussion Papers, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE dp0601, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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