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Unions and the Inter-establishment Adoption of New Microelectronic Technologies in the British Private Manufacturing Sector

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  • Latreille, Paul L

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This paper uses the 1984 Workplace Industrial Relations Survey to consider the impact of union presence upon the interestablishment adoption of new microelectronic process technologies. A positive, well-determined and robust relationship between union recognition and adoption is evident. This appears to refute both union resistance and technological rent-seeking hypotheses, which posit the opposite association. It is tentatively suggested that this result reflects a propensity toward early adoption, rather than simply adoption per se. Attempts to isolate the factors giving rise to this result cast some doubt on simplistic substitution conjectures. Copyright 1992 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 54 (1992)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 31-51

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Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:54:y:1992:i:1:p:31-51

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Cited by:
  1. Bester, Helmut & Petrakis, Emmanuel, 2004. "Wages and productivity growth in a dynamic monopoly," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 83-100, January.
  2. Toke Aidt & Zafiris Tzannatos, 2002. "Unions and Collective Bargaining : Economic Effects in a Global Environment," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15241, March.
  3. David Metcalf, 1993. "Transformation of British Industrial Relations? Institutions, Conduct and Outcomes 1980-1990," CEP Discussion Papers dp0151, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  4. N Millward, 1993. "Uses of the Workplace Industrial Relations Surveys by British Labour Economists," CEP Discussion Papers dp0145, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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