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Title:Determinants of Trade Union Membership in Western Germany: Evidence from Micro Data, 1980-2000 PDF Logo
Authors:Schnabel, Claus
Wagner, Joachim
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 708
Abstract:An empirical analysis of various waves of the ALLBUS social survey shows that union density fell substantially in West Germany from 1980 to 2000. Such a negative trend can be observed for men and women and for different groups of the workforce. Repeated crosssectional analyses suggest that a number of personal, occupational and attitudinal variables such as sex, occupational status, firm size and political orientation play a role in the unionization process, although the influence of many variables is not robust over time. While the results are consistent with cost-benefit considerations on the sides of employees and unions, individualization theory and social custom theory is not consistently supported by our estimations.
Subjects:trade union membership
Germany
micro data
JEL:J51
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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