Unions, Work-Related Training, and Wages: Evidence for British Men
45 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2003
Date Written: March 2003
Using data from the British Household Panel Survey from 1991 to 1996, the authors investigate the impact of union coverage on work-related training and how the union-training link affects wages and wage growth for a sample of full-time men. Relative to uncovered workers, union-covered men are more likely to receive training and also receive more days of training. In addition, union-covered men experience greater returns to training, and coveredtrained workers face a higher wage growth. While some of these findings have been found in previous studies, others are new. The wage results, in particular, suggest a rethinking is warranted of the conventional view that union wage formation in Britain reduces the incentives to acquire work-related training.
Keywords: General Training, Human Capital, Union Coverage, Wages
JEL Classification: J24, J31, J41
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