Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20631
Authors: 
Schnabel, Claus
Wagner, Joachim
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 708
Abstract: 
An empirical analysis of various waves of the ALLBUS social survey shows that union density fell substantially in West Germany from 1980 to 2000. Such a negative trend can be observed for men and women and for different groups of the workforce. Repeated crosssectional analyses suggest that a number of personal, occupational and attitudinal variables such as sex, occupational status, firm size and political orientation play a role in the unionization process, although the influence of many variables is not robust over time. While the results are consistent with cost-benefit considerations on the sides of employees and unions, individualization theory and social custom theory is not consistently supported by our estimations.
Subjects: 
trade union membership
Germany
micro data
JEL: 
J51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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