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Does union membership really reduce job satisfaction?

Bryson, Alex and Cappellari, Lorenzo and Lucifora, Claudio (2003) Does union membership really reduce job satisfaction? CEPDP, 569. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753016281

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Abstract

We investigate the effect of union membership on job satisfaction. Whilst it is common to study the effects of union status on satisfaction treating individual membership as given, in this paper, we account for the endogenous selection induced by the sorting of workers into unionised jobs. Using linked employer-employee data from the 1998 British Workplace Employee Relations Survey, we address the question of how the membership decision is related to overall job satisfaction and to satisfaction with pay. Once the endogeneity of membership is accounted for, the marked difference in job satisfaction between unionised and non-unionised workers characterising raw data disappears, indicating that a selection effect, rather than a causal effect, explains the relationship.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2003 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008 15:10
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/20045

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