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Unions, Work-Related Training, and Wages: Evidence for British Men

  • Booth, Alison L.

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    (Australian National University)

  • Francesconi, Marco

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    (University of Essex)

  • Zoega, Gylfi

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    (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Using data from the British Household Panel Survey from 1991 to 1996, the authors investigate the impact of union coverage on work-related training and how the union-training link affects wages and wage growth for a sample of full-time men. Relative to uncovered workers, union-covered men are more likely to receive training and also receive more days of training. In addition, union-covered men experience greater returns to training, and coveredtrained workers face a higher wage growth. While some of these findings have been found in previous studies, others are new. The wage results, in particular, suggest a rethinking is warranted of the conventional view that union wage formation in Britain reduces the incentives to acquire work-related training.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2003
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Publication status: published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2003, 57 (1), 68-91
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp737
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