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Trade unions and training practices in British workplaces

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  • Francis Green
  • Stephen Machin
  • David Wilkinson

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The authors use British establishment-level data from the 1991 Employers' Manpower and Skills Practices Survey (EMSPS) and individual-level data from the Autumn 1993 Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) to investigate the links between training provision and workplace unionization. Both the probability of receiving training and the amount of training received are found to have been substantially higher in unionized than in nonunion workplaces. The authors view these results as showing that trade unions can play an important role in developing and boosting skill formation in Britain. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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Volume (Year): 52 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 (January)
Pages: 179-195

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Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:52:y:1999:i:2:p:179-195

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  1. Vassilis Monastiriotis, 2003. "Union Retreat and Regional Economic Performance: the UK in the 1990s," Urban/Regional 0302006, EconWPA.
  2. Addison, John T. & Belfield, Clive R., 2004. "Unions, Training, and Firm Performance: Evidence from the British Workplace Employee Relations Survey," IZA Discussion Papers 1264, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  19. Monastiriotis, Vassilis, 1999. "Is declining union density increasing regional inequalities? Trade Unions, regional economic performance and regional disparities in the UK," ERSA conference papers ersa99pa182, European Regional Science Association.
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