Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185075
Authors: 
Forth, John
Bryson, Alex
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 11615
Abstract: 
The literature on the union wage premium is among the most extensive in labour economics but unions' effects on other aspects of the wage-effort bargain have received much less attention. We contribute to the literature through a study of the union premium in paid holiday entitlements, using large-scale survey data for the UK. We find that the union premium on paid holidays is substantially larger than the union premium on wages. However, the premium fell with the introduction of a statutory minimum entitlement to paid leave. This is indicative of the difficulties that unions have faced in protecting the most vulnerable employees, and symptomatic of their decreasing regulatory role in the UK labour market.
Subjects: 
trade unions
holidays
vacation
working time
JEL: 
J51
J32
K31
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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