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Not so dissatisfied after all? The impact of union coverage on job satisfaction

Bryson, Alex and White, Michael (2013) Not so dissatisfied after all? The impact of union coverage on job satisfaction. NIESR Discussion Paper, No. 412. National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, UK.

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Identification Number: No. 412

Abstract

The links between unionisation and job satisfaction remain controversial. In keeping with the existing literature we find strong statistically significant negative correlations between unionisation and overall job satisfaction. However, in contrast to the previous literature we find that once one accounts for fixed unobservable differences between covered and uncovered employees, union coverage is positively and significantly associated with satisfaction with pay and hours of work. Failure to account for fixed unobservable differences between covered and uncovered employees leads to a systematic underestimate of the positive effects of coverage on job satisfaction for both union members and non-members. It seems union coverage has a positive impact on job satisfaction that is plausibly causal.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://niesr.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors, NIESR
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 14:59
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 14:59
Funders: Norwegian Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56969

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