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dc.contributor.authorFitzenberger, Bernden_US
dc.contributor.authorKohn, Karstenen_US
dc.contributor.authorWang, Qingweien_US
dc.description.abstractUnion density in Germany has declined remarkably during the last two decades. We estimate socio-economic and workplace-related determinants of union membership in East and West Germany using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel by means of Chamberlain-Mundlack correlated random effects probit models. Drawing on the estimates, we project net union densities (NUD) and analyze the differences between East and West Germany as well as the corresponding changes in NUD over time. Blinder-Oaxaca decompositions show that changes in the composition of the work force have only played a minor role for the deunionization trends in East and West Germany. In East-West comparison, differences in the characteristics of the work force reflect a lower quality of membership matches in East Germany right after German unification.en_US
dc.publisher|aZentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) |cMannheimen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aZEW Discussion Papers |x06-66en_US
dc.subject.keywordUnion membershipen_US
dc.subject.keywordunion densityen_US
dc.subject.keywordcorrelated random effects probit modelen_US
dc.subject.keyworddecomposition analysisen_US
dc.subject.keywordEast Germanyen_US
dc.subject.keywordWest Germanyen_US
dc.titleThe Erosion of Union Membership in Germany: Determinants, Densities, Decompositionsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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