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Dutch trade union membership 1979-1995


  • Annette Vann De Berg
  • Yolanda Grift


Determinants of Dutch trade union membership are analysed for the years 1979, 1987 and 1995. By means of a decomposition method it is established that changing characteristics of the working population primarily caused the union decline between 1979 and 1987, whereas the recovery afterwards can be entirely attributed to changing unionization behaviour. A further application of the decomposition method shows that the contribution of the separate explanatory variables to shifts in the density rate is less straightforward than the results of the first analyses suggest.

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  • Annette Vann De Berg & Yolanda Grift, 2001. "Dutch trade union membership 1979-1995," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(10), pages 1233-1242.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:33:y:2001:i:10:p:1233-1242
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840122022

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    1. Schnabel, Claus, 2012. "Union membership and density: Some (not so) stylized facts and challenges," Discussion Papers 81, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
    2. Emanuela Ghignoni, 2015. "Family background and university dropouts during the crisis: the case of Italy," Working Papers 169, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.
    3. Guataquí R., Juan Carlos & García S., Andrés & Rodríguez A., Mauricio, 2011. "Structural determinants of trade union membership in Colombia," PERFIL DE COYUNTURA ECONÓMICA, UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTIOQUIA - CIE, June.

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