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A survival analysis approach to the duration of union membership in Italy

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Thanks to direct access to union databases, this article applies survival analysis to a sample of 47 637 Italian workers trying to explain the determinants of the duration of union membership. The results show that union membership duration is a positive, though declining, function of age. Furthermore, women, flexible workers, foreign ones and those working in cities tend to show less attachment to union membership than other workers. The estimated median duration is about 6 years. Positive hazard duration dependence is also found. Unobserved heterogeneity is detected but it does not significantly affect model estimates.

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  • Andrea Vaona, 2010. "A survival analysis approach to the duration of union membership in Italy," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(11), pages 1089-1093.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:11:p:1089-1093
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840902817482
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    1. John T. Addison & Claus Schnabel (ed.), 2003. "International Handbook of Trade Unions," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 2705, December.
    2. Vaona, Andrea, 2006. "The duration of union membership: An empirical study," Kiel Working Papers 1268, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    1. Paulo Maçãs Nunes & Zélia Serrasqueiro & Jacinto Vidigal da Silva, 2014. "Family-owned and non family-owned SMEs: empirical evidence of survival determinants," Economics and Business Letters, Oviedo University Press, vol. 3(1), pages 68-76.

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