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Why so unhappy?: the effects of unionization on job satisfaction

Bryson, Alex and Cappellari, Lorenzo and Lucifora, Claudio (2010) Why so unhappy?: the effects of unionization on job satisfaction. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 72 (3). pp. 357-380. ISSN 0305-9049

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2010.00587.x

Abstract

Using linked employer–employee data we investigate the job satisfaction effect of union membership in Britain. We develop a model that simultaneously controls for the determinants of individual membership status and for the selection of employees into occupations according to union coverage. We find a negative association between membership and satisfaction. However, having accounted for selection effects, we find that the negative association is confined to non-covered employees. This is consistent with 'voice' effects, whereby non-covered members voice dissatisfaction to achieve union goals, and with the possibility that membership increases preferences for collective bargaining, thus lowering members' satisfaction in non-covered environments.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0305-9049
Additional Information: © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 13:46
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 13:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/27768

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