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Title:The aging of the unions in West Germany, 1980-2006 PDF Logo
Authors:Schnabel, Claus
Wagner, Joachim
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics 93
Abstract:Using data from the social survey ALLBUS for West Germany in the period 1980 to 2006, this paper demonstrates that union members are on average older than non-unionized employees. The probability of being unionized shows the inverted U-shaped pattern in age conjectured by Blanchflower (BJIR 2007) only in very few years. It is demonstrated that both intra-cohort change and cohort replacement effects have played a roughly equal role in the substantial fall in union density since 1980. If older cohorts with high densities continue to be replaced by young cohorts with low densities, average union density will fall further.
Subjects:Union membership
union density
cohort effects, West Germany
JEL:J51
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Paper Series in Economics, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

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