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Anticipation, Free Rider Problem, and Adaptation to Trade Union: Re-examining the Curious Case of Dissatisfied Union Members

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  • Nattavudh Powdthavee

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This paper documents evidence that rejects the paradox of dissatisfied union members. Using eleven waves of the BHPS, it studies the past, contemporaneous, and future effects of union membership on job satisfaction. By separating union "free riders" from other nonmembers in the fixed effects equations, I find significant anticipation effects to joining a unionized firm for both prospective union members and covered nonmembers of both genders. Workers go on to report, on average, a significant increase in job satisfaction at the year of union coverage. Nonetheless, adaptation to unionism is complete within the first few years of joining a unionized firm.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of York in its series Discussion Papers with number 09/04.

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Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:yor:yorken:09/04

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  1. Dominik Hanglberger & Joachim Merz, 2011. "Are Self-Employed Really Happier Than Employees? An Approach Modelling Adaptation and Anticipation Effects to Self-Employment and General Job Changes," FFB-Discussionpaper 88, Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe (FFB)), LEUPHANA University L√ľneburg.
  2. Johnston, David W. & Lee, Wang-Sheng, 2012. "Extra Status and Extra Stress: Are Promotions Good for Us?," IZA Discussion Papers 6675, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Alex Bryson & Michael White, 2014. "Not So Dissatisfied After All? The Impact of Union Coverage on Job Satisfaction," CEP Discussion Papers dp1271, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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