Has Globalisation Really Had No Effect on Unions?

KOF Working Paper No. 110

31 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2006

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Noel Gaston

University of South Australia

Axel Dreher

Heidelberg University

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Date Written: November 2005


For a number of OECD countries, the deterioration of labour market outcomes for less-skilled workers since the early 1980's has coincided with a steady decline in union membership. Globalisation is commonly believed to have contributed to both developments. However, recent studies fail to find support for the presumption that globalisation adversely affects unions. Revisiting this issue by using a novel globalisation index we find that globalisation has indeed contributed to deunionisation. In delving further into the issue, we find that it is social integration, rather than economic or political integration, that has been the main contributor to the decline in union membership.

Keywords: Deunionisation, globalisation, integration, panel regressions

JEL Classification: F02, J50, O57, C82

Suggested Citation

Gaston, Noel and Dreher, Axel, Has Globalisation Really Had No Effect on Unions? (November 2005). KOF Working Paper No. 110. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=876165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.876165

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