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The Productivity Effects Of Unionisation And Firm Size In British Engineering Firms

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This paper considers the relationship between union presence and labor productivity in a sample of British engineering firms. Rather than use a single indicator of union presence to determine union effects, several indicators of union presence are combined to form an index of union presence. Average union non-union effects on labor productivity estimated using this measure, or using a dummy variable indicating the presence of closed-shop arrangements, are found to be statistically insignificant. However, there is some variation around this average, and the union impact on value added per employee is found to depend significantly on firm size, the estimated effects being more negative in larger firms. Copyright 1991 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.
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  • Machin, S.J., 1988. "The Productivity Effects Of Unionisation And Firm Size In British Engineering Firms," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 293, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
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    1. Kevin Denny, 1997. "Productivity and trade unions in British manufacturing industry 1973-85," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(10), pages 1403-1409.
    2. Melanie K. Jones & Richard J. Jones & Paul L. Latreille & Peter J. Sloane, 2009. "Training, Job Satisfaction, and Workplace Performance in Britain: Evidence from WERS 2004," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 23(s1), pages 139-175, March.
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    9. Gupta, Bishnupriya, 2006. "Unions, Wages and Labour Productivity: Evidence from Indian Cotton Mills," Economic Research Papers 269646, University of Warwick - Department of Economics.
    10. A. P. Dickerson & P. A. Geroski & K. G. Knight, 1997. "Productivity, Efficiency and Strike Activity," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 119-134.
    11. Paul Gregg & Anthony Yates, 1991. "Changes in Wage-setting Arrangements and Trade Union Presence in the 1980s," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 29(3), pages 361-376, September.

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