Unions, Work-Related Training, and Wages: Evidence for British Men

45 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2003

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marco Francesconi

University of Essex; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Gylfi Zoega

University of Iceland; University of London - Birkbeck College; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: March 2003

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Francesconi, Marco and Zoega, Gylfi, Unions, Work-Related Training, and Wages: Evidence for British Men (March 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=392001

Alison L. Booth

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Gylfi Zoega

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