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Estimating the Probability of Trade Union Membership in India: Impact of Communist Parties, Personal Attributes and Industrial Characteristics

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  • Rupayan Pal

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    The paper analyses the impact of the reach of communist parties, the degree of political activism, personal attributes of workers, and industrial characteristics on the individual decision to unionise for Indian non-agricultural regular workers using micro data from the 2004-05 Employment and Unemployment Survey, NSSO, linked to state-level factors. [IGIDR WP-2008-015].

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    Paper provided by eSocialSciences in its series Working Papers with number id:1669.

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    Keywords: communist; microeconomic theory; sub-national level; political parties; Probability; Trade Union Membership; state level; political activism; workers; industrial; individual decision; non-agricultural; employment; unemployment; survey; NSSO; micro data;

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