Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/224057
Authors: 
Beynon, Huw
Blakely, Helen
Bryson, Alex
Davies, Rhys
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 13615
Abstract: 
Spatial variance in union membership has been attributed to the favourable attitudes that persist in areas with an historical legacy of trade unionism. Within the UK, villages and towns located in areas once dominated coalmining remain among the strongest and durable bases for the trade union movement. This paper empirically examines the effect of living within or near these areas upon union membership. Those residing in ex-mining areas retain an increased propensity for union membership. However, this effect diminishes sharply with distance. The analysis reveals that particular places can serve as conduits of trade unionism, long after employment within traditional industries has vanished.
Subjects: 
union membership
spatial variance
spill-over
coalmining
JEL: 
J50
J51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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