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Trade union membership and earnings in Kenyan manufacturing firms

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  • Damiano Kulundu Manda
  • Arne Bigsten
  • Germano Mwabu

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This study analyses the effect of trade unions on male earnings in the Kenyan manufacturing sector using a regression method, which takes into account endogeneity of the union status of workers. In contrast to earlier studies of the Kenyan labour market that report a negative effect of unions on wages, a positive effect is found. The study further shows that elite workers tend to abstain from union membership.

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  • Damiano Kulundu Manda & Arne Bigsten & Germano Mwabu, 2005. "Trade union membership and earnings in Kenyan manufacturing firms," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(15), pages 1693-1704.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:37:y:2005:i:15:p:1693-1704 DOI: 10.1080/00036840500118903
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    1. Mohamed Jellal & François-Charles Wolff, 2003. "Privatisation et négociation collective," Revue d’économie du développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 11(1), pages 73-99.
    2. Fox, Louise & Oviedo, Ana Maria, 2008. "Are skills rewarded in Sub-Saharan Africa ? determinants of wages and productivity in the manufacturing sector," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4688, The World Bank.
    3. Wambugu, Anthony, 2002. "Real Wages and Returns to Human Capital in Kenya Manufacturing firms," Working Papers in Economics 75, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
    4. 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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    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General

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