Unions and Profitability over the 1980s: Some Evidence on Union-Firm Bargaining in the United Kingdom
In this paper at attempt is made to assess the behavior of the rate of return on sales of unionized firms as compared to the non-unionized ones in the late 1980s in the United Kingdom. The main aim is to examine what has happened to the relationship between unionization and profitability after the changes in the union legislation, competition environment and cyclical variations that took place over this period. The impact of different forms of union-firm bargaining on the union-profitability effect is also examined. The data reveal that the negative union effect on profitability exists, even after controlling for firm specific fixed effects, but that it has been sharply reduced over the 1980s. Copyright 1997 by Royal Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 107 (1997)
Issue (Month): 442 (May)
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