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Union membership and charitable giving in the United States

Booth, Jonathan E. and Lup, Daniela and Williams, Mark (2017) Union membership and charitable giving in the United States. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 70 (4). pp. 835-864. ISSN 0019-7939

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0019793916677595

Abstract

Using U.S. panel data from 2001–2011, the authors examine general differences in charitable giving between union members, free-riders, and the nonunionized. Results indicate that union members are more likely to give and to give more to charity relative to the nonunionized, whereas free-riders are the least generous. Similar effects are found when examining the question of who joins a union or who becomes a free-rider: joining a union positively affects charitable giving, while becoming a free-rider makes individuals’ behavior less charitable. Evidence also suggests that the positive effect of union membership on giving does not diminish over time. Taken together, these results provide new evidence that union membership generates civic engagement in the form of charitable behavior; results also suggest the need to further investigate the civic behavior of free-riders.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ilr.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Group
Research centres and groups > Public Management Group
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 11:50
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2017 09:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65933

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