Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33439
Authors: 
Schnabel, Claus
Wagner, Joachim
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 1658
Abstract: 
Using representative data from the German social survey ALLBUS 2002 and the European Social Survey 2002/03, this paper provides the first empirical analysis of trade union never-membership in Germany. We show that between 54 and 59 percent of all employees in Germany have never been members of a trade union. Individuals' probability of never-membership is significantly affected by their personal characteristics (in particular age, education and status at work), their political orientation and (to a lesser degree) their family background, and by broad location. In addition, occupational and workplace characteristics play a significant role. Most important in this regard is the presence of a union at the workplace.
Subjects: 
union membership
never-membership
Germany
JEL: 
J51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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