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dc.contributor.authorAddison, John T.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBelfield, Clive R.en_US
dc.coverage.temporal1979-1998en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:23:17Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:23:17Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/21534-
dc.description.abstractAn interesting aspect of British research on unions based on the Workplace Industrial/ Employment Relations Surveys has been the apparent shift in union impact on establishment performance in the decade of the 1990s compared with the 1980s – and the recent scramble to explain the phenomenon. In this contribution, we chart these changes along the dimensions of financial performance, labor productivity, employment, quits, absenteeism, industrial relations climate, and plant closings. Using the most recent workplace survey, we also investigate the controversial notion that union influence is positive where unions are strong and is negative where unions are weak. This notion, encountered in recent research in Britain (and Germany), emphasizes the benefits of the collective voice of unions, arguing that this voice is only 'heard' when the union is strong or a credible agent. We examine this contention for a fuller array of definitions of union influence and workplace performance measures. Overall, our discussion reveals some evidence that is consistent with reduced bargaining power in the wake of anti-union reform measures and heightened product market competition. On the other hand, there is little support for the recherché notion that stronger unions have a beneficial impact, yet weaker ones do not.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 455en_US
dc.subject.jelJ58en_US
dc.subject.jelJ65en_US
dc.subject.jelJ63en_US
dc.subject.jelJ53en_US
dc.subject.jelJ51en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordUnion strengthen_US
dc.subject.keywordhierarchy of effectsen_US
dc.subject.keywordfinancial performanceen_US
dc.subject.keywordlabor productivityen_US
dc.subject.keywordemployment changeen_US
dc.subject.keywordquitsen_US
dc.subject.keywordabsenteeismen_US
dc.subject.keywordplant closingsen_US
dc.subject.stwUnternehmensentwicklungen_US
dc.subject.stwProduktivitäten_US
dc.subject.stwGewerkschaften_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsbeziehungenen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitszufriedenheiten_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwGroßbritannienen_US
dc.titleUnions and Establishment Performance: Evidence from the British Workplace Industrial/Employee Relations Surveysen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn348375174en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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