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Recent Trends in Trade Union Membership in Ireland

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  • Frank Walsh
  • Eric Strobl

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Using micro data from the Quarterly National Household Survey we look at trends in Irish union membership from 2001-2006. There was a steep decline in union density. Decomposition analysis suggests that most of the decline is associated with a decline in the underlying probability of becoming a member for different groups of workers rather than a change in composition.

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  • Frank Walsh & Eric Strobl, 2009. "Recent Trends in Trade Union Membership in Ireland," Open Access publications 10197/8062, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    Trade union membership; Labour force; Ireland;

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