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Reputation, Membership and Wages in Open Shop Trade Union

Booth, Alison L and Chatterji, Monojit (1993) 'Reputation, Membership and Wages in Open Shop Trade Union.' Oxford Economic Papers, 45 (1). pp. 23-41. ISSN 0030-7653

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Abstract

In Britain there is no longer statutory support for the closed shop and in the United States many states have right-to-work laws. Wages and membership determination are examined in this setting. The main findings are: (1) already established unions will not necessarily wither away with the mere passage of right-to-work laws: (2) however, they may disintegrate when faced with substantial negative demand shocks; (3) new unions will find it harder to become established; (4) greater dispersion in worker attitudes to joining unions will lower membership but not necessarily wages, which is broadly consistent with some empirical studies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 10:09
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 10:09
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3205

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