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Cross-generation correlations of union status for young people in Britain

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 0007-1080

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-8543.00279


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.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2003 Blackwell Publishing.
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining > J51 - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J62 - Job, Occupational, and Intergenerational Mobility
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 19 May 2024 17:09

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