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Title:Norm-Based Trade Union Membership: Evidence for Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Goerke, Laszlo
Pannenberg, Markus
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 962
Abstract:In the absence of closed-shops and discriminatory wage policies, union membership can be explained by the existence of social norms. We describe a model, incorporating institutional features of the German labour market, which explicitly allows for social custom effects in the determination of union membership. Using panel data for Germany, we find evidence for according effects which restrict freeriding. The impact of social norms tends to increase with net union density. Hence, observed reductions in the demand for union membership can weaken the impact of a norm and accentuate the free-rider problem.
Subjects:Germany
norms
social custom
trade union membership
JEL:J51
D71
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
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