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Do Unions Impede or Accelerate Structural Adjustment? Industrial versus Company Unions in an Industrialising Labour Market


  • Standing, Guy


Trades unions potentially have both beneficial and adverse effects for workers and for employing enterprises. In recent supply-side "structural adjustment" strategies, particularly in developing countries, it has been widely presumed that unions have adverse effects and constitute a major source of "market distortion" and labor market rigidity. This paper, based on a survey of nearly 3,000 industrial enterprises in Malaysia, examines this proposition empirically, considering a wide range of possible effects. It considers whether workers and/or employers should prefer to avoid unions or to have independent industrial unions or "company unions." Copyright 1992 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Standing, Guy, 1992. "Do Unions Impede or Accelerate Structural Adjustment? Industrial versus Company Unions in an Industrialising Labour Market," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 16(3), pages 327-354, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:16:y:1992:i:3:p:327-54

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