Cross-generation correlations of union status for young people in Britain
AbstractThis 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 and that 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.
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Date of creation: Sep 2003
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Publication status: Published in British Journal of Industrial Relations, September, 2003, 41(3), pp. 391-415. ISSN: 1467-8543
Young people; union member; union at work; relative risk ratio; intergenerational links.;
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