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Unions, work-related training, and wages: Evidence for British men

Booth, AL and Francesconi, M and Zoega, G (2003) 'Unions, work-related training, and wages: Evidence for British men.' Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 57 (1). pp. 68-91. ISSN 0019-7939

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Using data for the years 1991-96 from the British Household Panel Survey, the authors investigate how union coverage affected work-related training and how the union-training link affected wages and wage growth for a sample of full-time men. Relative to non-covered workers, union-covered workers were more likely to receive training and also received more days of training. Among workers who received training, those with union coverage enjoyed greater returns to training and higher wage growth than did those without. While some of these results have been found in previous studies, others are new. The wage results, in particular, suggest a need for rethinking the conventional view that union wage formation in Britain reduces the incentives to acquire work-related training. (Author's abstract.) (Free full-text download available at

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: union coverage; human capital; general training; wages
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 11:34
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:18

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