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Slip sliding away: further union decline in Germany and Britain

Addison, John T. and Bryson, Alex and Teixeira, Paulino and Pahnke, André (2010) Slip sliding away: further union decline in Germany and Britain. IZA discussion paper, no. 4760. The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany.

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This paper presents the first comparative analysis of the decline in collective bargaining in two European countries where that decline has been most pronounced. Using workplace-level data and a common model, we present decompositions of changes in collective bargaining and worker representation in the private sector in Germany and Britain over the period 1998-2004. In both countries within-effects dominate compositional changes as the source of the recent decline in unionism. Overall, the decline in collective bargaining is more pronounced in Britain than in Germany, thus continuing a trend apparent since the 1980s. Although workplace characteristics differ markedly across the two countries, assuming counterfactual values of these characteristics makes little difference to unionization levels. Expressed differently, the German dummy looms large.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2010 IZA
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 13:30
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 13:19

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