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Why have workers stopped joining unions? The rise in never-membership in Britain

Bryson, Alex and Gomez, Rafael (2005) Why have workers stopped joining unions? The rise in never-membership in Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 43 (1). pp. 67-92. ISSN 0007-1080

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Abstract

This paper tracks the rise in the percentage of employees who have never become union members (‘never-member’) since the early 1980s and shows that it is the reduced likelihood of ever becoming a member, rather than the haemorrhaging of existing members, that is behind the decline in overall union membership in Britain. We estimate the determinants of ‘never-membership’ and consider how much of the rise can be explained by structural change in the labour market and how much by change in preferences among employees.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28...
Additional Information: © 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
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Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2013 11:30
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51277/

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