Slip Sliding Away: Further Union Decline in Germany and Britain

29 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2011

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John T. Addison

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alex Bryson

UCL; National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Paulino Teixeira

Universidade de Coimbra - Faculdade de Economia; Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

André Pahnke

Institut für Mittelstandsforschung

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Date Written: September 2011

Abstract

This paper presents the first comparative analysis of the decline in collective bargaining in two European countries where that decline has been among the most pronounced. Using establishment-level data and a common model, we present decompositions of changes in collective bargaining in the private sector in Germany and Britain over the period 1998-2004. In both countries, within-effects dominate compositional changes as the source of the recent decline in unionism. Overall, the decline in collective bargaining is more pronounced in Britain than in Germany, thus continuing a trend apparent since the 1980s. Although establishment characteristics differ markedly across the two countries, assuming counterfactual values of these characteristics makes little difference to unionization levels. Expressed differently, the German dummy looms large.

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Bryson, Alex and Teixeira, Paulino and Pahnke, André, Slip Sliding Away: Further Union Decline in Germany and Britain (September 2011). Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 58, Issue 4, pp. 490-518, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1865075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2011.00556.x

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