Join the Union and Be Safe: The Effects of Unionization on Occupational Safety and Health in the European Union

14 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2015

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Athina Economou

University of Macedonia - Department of Economics

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of unionization on occupational safety and health, as measured by the fatal and non‐fatal work accidents, after controlling for the country's gross domestic product. It uses a panel sample of 10 European Union countries, for the period 1982–2006. The study takes into account the time persistence in work injuries and the endogenous nature of the work injuries–union density relationship. In addition, the effect of union density is decomposed into a temporary and permanent effect. It is shown that increasing union density is associated with a decrease in the number of both fatal and non‐fatal work injuries.

JEL Classification: J53, J81, C33

Suggested Citation

Economou, Athina and Theodossiou, Ioannis, Join the Union and Be Safe: The Effects of Unionization on Occupational Safety and Health in the European Union (June 2015). LABOUR, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. 127-140, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2598806 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/labr.12048

Athina Economou (Contact Author)

University of Macedonia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Greece

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School ( email )

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