Blanden, Jo and Machin, Stephen (2003) Cross-generation correlations of union status for young people in Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 41 (3). pp. 391-415. ISSN 1467-8543
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This paper investigates whether young people whose fathers are union members are themselves more likely to join a union. We find that young people with unionized fathers are twice as likely to be unionized as those with non-union fathers and that this rises to three times higher for those whose fathers are active in the union. This supports the idea that socialization within the family plays a role in encouraging union membership. It is not the case that the cross-generation correlations we observe are driven by common within-family characteristics (like occupation, industry and political persuasion) that are strongly related to union membership.
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