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Union Threat and Non-Union Employment: A Natural Experiment on the Use of Temporary Employment in British Firms

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This paper presents the first empirical evidence on the effect of the threat of unionisation on the use of a predominantly non-union type of employment, i.e. temporary employment. The identification strategy exploits an exogenous variation in union threat induced in the UK by new legislation enabling unions to obtain recognition even against the will of the management. The analysis finds no evidence of an effect on the probability that a firm employs fixed-term workers, and some weak evidence of a negative effect on the probability of using agency workers. Overall, therefore, there is no support for the hypothesis that firms under the threat of unionisation are more likely to use this type of non-union employment.

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  • Salvatori, Andrea, 2011. "Union Threat and Non-Union Employment: A Natural Experiment on the Use of Temporary Employment in British Firms," IZA Discussion Papers 5574, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    union threat; difference in difference; temporary employment;
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    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects

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