Spillover Effects of Unionisation on Non-Members' Well-Being
39 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2014
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
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