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Trade union membership and earnings in Kenyan manufacturing firms

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  • Damiano Kulundu Manda
  • Arne Bigsten
  • Germano Mwabu

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This study analyses the effect of trade unions on male earnings in the Kenyan manufacturing sector using a regression method, which takes into account endogeneity of the union status of workers. In contrast to earlier studies of the Kenyan labour market that report a negative effect of unions on wages, a positive effect is found. The study further shows that elite workers tend to abstain from union membership.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 37 (2005)
Issue (Month): 15 ()
Pages: 1693-1704

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Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:37:y:2005:i:15:p:1693-1704

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  1. David Neumark & Michael L. Wachter, 1995. "Union effects on nonunion wages: Evidence from panel data on industries and cities," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 49(1), pages 20-38, October.
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Cited by:
  1. Jellal, Mohamed & wolff, François-Charles, 2003. "Privatisation et négociation collective
    [Privatization and collective bargaining]
    ," MPRA Paper 38367, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Wambugu, Anthony, 2002. "Real Wages and Returns to Human Capital in Kenya Manufacturing firms," Working Papers in Economics 75, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  3. Fox, Louise & Oviedo, Ana Maria, 2008. "Are skills rewarded in Sub-Saharan Africa ? determinants of wages and productivity in the manufacturing sector," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4688, The World Bank.

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