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Cross-Generation Correlations of Union Status for Young People in Britain

  • Jo Blanden
  • Stephen Machin

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; 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. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2003.

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Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Volume (Year): 41 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 391-415

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