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We investigate the effect of union membership on job satisfaction. Whilst it is common to study the effects of union status on satisfaction treating individual membership as given, in this paper, we account for the endogenous selection induced by the sorting of workers into unionised jobs. Using linked employer-employee data from the 1998 British Workplace(More)
We use linked employer-employee data to investigate the job satisfaction effect of unionisation in Britain. We depart from previous studies by developing a model that simultaneously controls for the endogeneity of union membership and union recognition. We show that a negative association between membership and satisfaction only emerges where there is a(More)
Whether employees have ‘voice’ at work is determined, in large part, by employers’ decisions as to whether to adopt a ‘voice’ regime. In Britain during the 1980s and 1990s, the employer’s decision was largely unconstrained by the law. Under these conditions, we argue that whether an employer adopts a voice regime turns on employers’ perceptions of the net(More)
This paper tracks the rise in the percentage of employees who have never become union members (‘nevermembers’) since the early 1980s and shows that it is the reduced likelihood of ever becoming a member rather than the haemorrhaging of existing members which is behind the decline in overall union membership in Britain. We estimate the determinants of(More)
This paper presents evidence of both counter-cyclical and secular decline in the union membership wage premium in the US and the UK over the last couple of decades. The premium has fallen for most groups of workers, the main exception being public sector workers in the US. By the beginning of the 21 Century the premium remained substantial in the US but(More)