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

Bryson, Alex, 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


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.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J28 - Safety; Accidents; Industrial Health; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining > J51 - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 13:46
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:01

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