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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 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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    Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 334.

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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
    Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:334

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    Keywords: Young people; union member; union at work; relative risk ratio; intergenerational links.;

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    1. Goerke, Laszlo & Pannenberg, Markus, 2010. "Trade Union Membership and Dismissals," IZA Discussion Papers 5222, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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