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Union status of young men in Britain: a decade of change

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  • Wiji Arulampalam

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK)

  • Alison L. Booth

    (Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ, UK)

Abstract

Previous empirical studies of individual union status in Britain have been cross-sectional. In contrast, we use longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study, to estimate the determinants of male trade union membership over the period 1981-1991. As suggested by union theories, we find that it is important to control for unobserved individual heterogeneity, and our preferred model allows for correlation of individual heterogeneity with observable variables. Our estimates reveal that the observed decline in very large workplaces, and the contraction of the public sector, explain about one third of the predicted decline in union membership over the period. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Wiji Arulampalam & Alison L. Booth, 2000. "Union status of young men in Britain: a decade of change," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(3), pages 289-310.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:15:y:2000:i:3:p:289-310
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