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Spillover effects of unionisation on non-members' wellbeing

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  • Haile, Getinet
  • Bryson, Alex
  • White, Michael

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We investigate whether unionisation has a spillover wellbeing effect on non-members. To this end, we adapt the Social Custom Model of trade unions and conduct empirical analyses using linked employer–employee data on private establishments in Britain. We find that unionisation lowers non-members' job satisfaction, but the effect is confined to workplaces where pay is set through collective bargaining.

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  • Haile, Getinet & Bryson, Alex & White, Michael, 2015. "Spillover effects of unionisation on non-members' wellbeing," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 108-122.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:35:y:2015:i:c:p:108-122
    DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2015.05.001
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    Keywords

    Trade union; Spillover effect; Wellbeing; Linked employer–employee data; Britain;
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    JEL classification:

    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J82 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Labor Force Composition

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