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Title:Who are the workers who never joined a union? Empirical evidence from Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Schnabel, Claus
Wagner, Joachim
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1658
Abstract:Using representative data from the German social survey ALLBUS 2002 and the European Social Survey 2002/03, this paper provides the first empirical analysis of trade union never-membership in Germany. We show that between 54 and 59 percent of all employees in Germany have never been members of a trade union. Individuals' probability of never-membership is significantly affected by their personal characteristics (in particular age, education and status at work), their political orientation and (to a lesser degree) their family background, and by broad location. In addition, occupational and workplace characteristics play a significant role. Most important in this regard is the presence of a union at the workplace.
Subjects:union membership
never-membership
Germany
JEL:J51
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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