Cross-Generation Correlations of Union Status for Young People in Britain

25 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2003

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Jo Blanden

University of Surrey; London School of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stephen J. Machin

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper investigates whether young people whose fathers are union members are themselves more likely to join a union. We find that young people with unionized fathers are twice as likely to be unionized as those with non-union fathers; this rises to three times higher for those whose fathers are active in the union. This supports the idea that socialization within the family plays a role in encouraging union membership. It is not the case that the cross-generation correlations we observe are driven by common within-family characteristics (like occupation, industry and political persuasion) that are strongly related to union membership.

Suggested Citation

Blanden, Jo and Machin, Stephen J., Cross-Generation Correlations of Union Status for Young People in Britain. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=437260

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Stephen J. Machin

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