Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/105383
Authors: 
Schnabel, Claus
Wagner, Joachim
Year of Publication: 
2012
Citation: 
[Journal:] Contemporary Economics [ISSN:] 2084-0845 [Publisher:] Vizja Press & IT [Place:] Warsaw [Volume:] 6 [Year:] 2012 [Issue:] 4 [Pages:] 28-34
Abstract: 
In this note, we apply a new test by Lind and Mehlum (2010), casting doubt on the claim proposed by Blanchflower (2007) that the probability of unionisation follows an inverted U-shaped pattern in age with a maximum in the mid- to late 40s. With this new test for an inverted U-shaped pattern, which has not been applied to the age-membership nexus before, and by constructing exact confidence intervals for the maximum value, we demonstrate that - at least with respect to West Germany - Blanchflower's hypothesis does not hold. Our findings suggest that more definitive evidence is needed before the existence of international unionisation-age patterns can be taken for granted.
Subjects: 
unionisation
age
inverted U-shape
Germany
JEL: 
J51
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Document Type: 
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