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Recent Trends in Trade Union Membership in Ireland

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  • Walsh, Frank

    (University College Dublin)

  • Strobl, Eric

    (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris)

Using micro data from the Quarterly National Household Survey we look at trends in Irish union membership from 2001-2006. There was a steep decline in union density. Decomposition analysis suggests that most of the decline is associated with a decline in the underlying probability of becoming a member for different groups of workers rather than a change in composition.

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Article provided by Economic and Social Studies in its journal Economic and Social Review.

Volume (Year): 40 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 117-138

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Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:40:y:2009:i:1:p:117-138
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