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Unions and workplace performance in Britain and France

Bryson, Alex, Forth, John and Laroche, Patrice (2009) Unions and workplace performance in Britain and France. CEP Discussion Paper (920). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK. ISBN 9780853283737

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Using nationally representative workplace surveys we examine the relationship between unionization and workplace financial performance in Britain and France. We find that union bargaining is detrimental to workplace performance in Britain and that this effect is larger when unionization is endogenized. In France, union bargaining is associated with poorer workplace performance but the effect disappears once unionization is treated as endogenous. However, high levels of union density do have a negative impact on workplace performance in France. In Britain the union effect does not rise with union density.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 A. Bryson, J. Forth and P. Laroche
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L25 - Firm Performance: Size, Diversification and Scope, Age, Profit, and Sales
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining > J51 - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
Date Deposited: 13 May 2009 10:52
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:15
Funders: Norwegian Research Council, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, UK, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Solidarity, France

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