Spillover Effects of Unionisation on Non-Members’ Well-Being

38 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2014 Last revised: 23 Aug 2014

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Getinet A. Haile

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

Alex Bryson

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

Michael R. White

University of Westminster - Policy Studies Institute

Date Written: July 31, 2014

Abstract

The paper investigates whether unionisation has a spillover effect on wellbeing by comparing non-members in union and non-union workplaces. To this end, it adapts the social custom model of trade unions and goes on to conduct empirical analyses using linked employer-employee data and alternative empirical strategies. The findings in the paper reveal that unionisation does have a spillover effect lowering non-members’ job satisfaction. Sub-group analysis based on workplace-level collective bargaining status uncovers that the adverse effect found is specific to establishments that set pay through collective bargaining.

Keywords: trade union, spillover effect, wellbeing, linked employer-employee data, Britain

JEL Classification: J5, J51, J28, J82

Suggested Citation

Haile, Getinet Astatike and Bryson, Alex and White, Michael R., Spillover Effects of Unionisation on Non-Members’ Well-Being (July 31, 2014). Nottingham University Business School Research Paper No. 2014-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2474672

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