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Slip Sliding Away: Further Union Decline in Germany and Britain

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  • John T. Addison

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    (Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, Queen’s University School of Management, IZA, and GEMF)

  • Alex Bryson

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research and CEP)

  • Paulino Teixeira

    ()
    (Faculdade de Economia/GEMF, University of Coimbra)

  • André Pahnke

    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Bundesagentur für Arbeit)

Abstract

This paper presents the first comparative analysis of the decline in collective bargaining in two European countries where that decline has been most pronounced. Using workplace-level data and a common model, we present decompositions of changes in collective bargaining and worker representation in the private sector in Germany and Britain over the period 1998-2004. In both countries within-effects dominate compositional changes as the source of the recent decline in unionism. Overall, the decline in collective bargaining is more pronounced in Britain than in Germany, thus continuing a trend apparent since the 1980s. Although workplace characteristics differ markedly across the two countries, assuming counterfactual values of these characteristics makes little difference to unionization levels. Expressed differently, the German dummy looms large.

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Paper provided by GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra in its series GEMF Working Papers with number 2010-02.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Publication status: Published in Scottish Journal of Political Economy 58(4): 490-518, 2011.
Handle: RePEc:gmf:wpaper:2010-02

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  1. Addison, John T. & Bryson, Alex & Teixeira, Paulino & Pahnke, André & Bellmann, Lutz, 2010. "The State of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation in Germany: The Erosion Continues," IZA Discussion Papers 5030, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Ceyhun Elgin, 2012. "Unionization and informal economy," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(3), pages 2615-2623.
  3. Brändle, Tobias & Baumann, Florian, 2013. "Union Bargaining and Intra-Industry Productivity Differentials," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79852, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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