Union Decline in Britain: Is Chauvinism Also to Blame?

28 Pages Posted: 6 May 2012

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Getinet A. Haile

Policy Studies Institute (PSI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Mannheim

Date Written: May 2, 2012


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.

Keywords: Trade union decline, gender diversity, linked employer-employee data, Britain

JEL Classification: J51, J16, J82

Suggested Citation

Haile, Getinet Astatike, Union Decline in Britain: Is Chauvinism Also to Blame? (May 2, 2012). Nottingham University Business School Research Paper No. 2012-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2049923

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