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Title:Has globalisation really had no effect on unions? PDF Logo
Authors:Dreher, Axel
Gaston, Noel
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Arbeitspapiere // Konjunkturforschungsstelle, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich 110
Abstract:For a number of OECD countries, the deterioration of labour market outcomes for less-skilled workers since the early 1980's has coincided with a steady decline in union membership. Globalisation is commonly believed to have contributed to both developments. However, recent studies fail to find support for the presumption that globalisation adversely affects unions. Revisiting this issue by using a novel globalisation index we find that globalisation has indeed contributed to deunionisation. In delving further into the issue, we find that it is social integration, rather than economic or political integration, that has been the main contributor to the decline in union membership.
Subjects:Deunionisation
globalisation
integration
panel regressions
JEL:F02
J50
O57
C82
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:doi:10.3929/ethz-a-005104861
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:KOF Working Papers, KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle, ETH Zürich

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