Union Decline in Britain: Is Chauvinism Also to Blame?
Policy Studies Institute (PSI); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Mannheim
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6536
The paper examines if workplace gender diversity offers some explanation for the decline of unions in Britain. Using the WERS2004 linked employer-employee data and alternative econometric estimators it reports an inverse relationship between workplace union density and gender diversity. Gender and ownership status based sub-group analyses suggest the inverse relationship to be stronger for male union members and those in the private sector. Gender group size based analysis reveals a positive link between workplace union density and gender diversity in workplaces with a female majority. The findings in this paper may mean that unions (and their main constituents, men) may need to embrace the changing workplace demography genuinely to improve their fate.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: trade union decline, gender diversity, linked employer-employee data, Britain
JEL Classification: J51, J16, J82working papers series
Date posted: May 12, 2012
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