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Unionization And Employment Behaviour

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  • BLANCHFLOWER, D.
  • MILLWARD, N.
  • OSWALD, A.

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Although there exists a large literature on the effects of trade unions upon wages, there is no published work that uses microeconomic data to examine the employment consequences of unionization. The paper addresses this issue with a new British data set and shows that, even after the addition of a substantial set of control variables, there is a strong association between poor employment performance and the presence of trade unions. The union employment growth differential is estimated at approximately -3% per annum.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics - Centre for Labour Economics in its series Papers with number 339.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 1989
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Handle: RePEc:fth:lseple:339

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Keywords: trade unions ; wages ; employment;

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  1. Francesco Bogliacino & Mariacristina Piva & Marco Vivarelli, 2011. "The impact of R&D on employment in Europe: A firm-level analysis," DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali dises1176, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
  2. Bogliacino, Francesco & Piva, Mariacristina & Vivarelli, Marco, 2011. "R&D and Employment: Some Evidence from European Microdata," IZA Discussion Papers 5908, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Mark Bils, 1990. "Wage and Employment Patterns in Long-Term Contracts When Labor is Quasi-Fixed," NBER Chapters, in: NBER Macroeconomics Annual 1990, Volume 5, pages 187-236 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Francesco Bogliacino & Mariacristina Piva & Marco Vivarelli, 2011. "Job Creation Effects of R&D Expenditures: Are High-tech Sectors the Key?," JRC-IPTS Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation 2011-10, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre.
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