Unions and Employment Growth: The One Constant?

29 Pages Posted: 27 May 2002

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John T. Addison

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

Clive R. Belfield

Columbia University Teachers' College - National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education

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Date Written: April 2002

Abstract

Sequential analyses of the major workplace data sets available to British researchers; the Workplace Industrial/Employee Relations Surveys (WIRS/WERS); have revealed shifts in some previously solid relationships between union presence and a variety of establishment performance indicators. So much so that it is now conventional to speak of a pronounced reduction in the 'disadvantages of unionism' in that country. One finding that seems to have persisted in cross section, however, is the negative effect of unions on employment growth. Following on a recent study of AWIRS (Wooden and Hawke, 2000), we reexamine the issue using new panel data from the WERS series, where workplaces were surveyed in 1990 and then followed-up in 1998. We report similar evidence of employment retardation in union regimes. Moreover, use of the panel also hints that some other unfavorable union effects may be longer standing than suggested in oss-section work.

Keywords: Panel Data, Unions, Employment Growth, Labor Productivity, Financial Performance

JEL Classification: J53

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Belfield, Clive R., Unions and Employment Growth: The One Constant? (April 2002). IZA Discussion Paper No. 479. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=310362

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