Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58429
Authors: 
Haile, Getinet Astatike
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6536
Abstract: 
The paper examines if workplace gender diversity offers some explanation for the decline of unions in Britain. Using the WERS2004 linked employer-employee data and alternative econometric estimators it reports an inverse relationship between workplace union density and gender diversity. Gender and ownership status based sub-group analyses suggest the inverse relationship to be stronger for male union members and those in the private sector. Gender group size based analysis reveals a positive link between workplace union density and gender diversity in workplaces with a female majority. The findings in this paper may mean that unions (and their main constituents, men) may need to embrace the changing workplace demography genuinely to improve their fate.
Subjects: 
trade union decline
gender diversity
linked employer-employee data
Britain
JEL: 
J51
J16
J82
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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