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Measuring Union Power in British Manufacturing: A Latent Variable Approach

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  • Paci, Pierella
  • Wagstaff, Adam
  • Holl, Peter

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Empirical work on the effects of trade union power on economic variables such as wages, employment, productivity, and technological and organizational change has been severely hampered by the problems associated with quantifying union power, which is, by its nature, unobservable. Typically proxy variables have been used. None of the proxies used, however, captures the full spectrum of factors that result in power differentials across unions and workplaces. This paper proposes an entirely different approach, which involves treating union power explicitly as a 'latent' variable. The model is estimated on British workplace-level data for 1984. Copyright 1993 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Paci, Pierella & Wagstaff, Adam & Holl, Peter, 1993. "Measuring Union Power in British Manufacturing: A Latent Variable Approach," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 55(1), pages 65-85, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:55:y:1993:i:1:p:65-85
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    1. Millward, N., 1993. "Uses of the workplace industrial relations surveys by British labour economists," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20964, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. N Millward, 1993. "Uses of the Workplace Industrial Relations Surveys by British Labour Economists," CEP Discussion Papers dp0145, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    3. Zierahn, Ulrich, 2008. "Reform der schwedischen Arbeitsmarkt- und Tarifpolitik," HWWI Research Papers 1-14, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
    4. Bryson, Alex & Wilkinson, David, 2002. "Collective bargaining and workplace performance: an investigation using the workplace employee relations survey 1998," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 4995, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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