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Union threat and non-union employment: A natural experiment on the use of temporary employment in British firms

Salvatori, A (2012) 'Union threat and non-union employment: A natural experiment on the use of temporary employment in British firms.' Labour Economics, 19 (6). 944 - 956. ISSN 0927-5371

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Abstract

© 2012 Elsevier B.V. This paper presents the first empirical evidence on the effect of the threat of unionisation on the use of a predominantly non-union type of employment, i.e. temporary employment. The identification strategy exploits an exogenous variation in union threat induced in the UK by new legislation enabling unions to obtain recognition even against the will of the management. The analysis finds no evidence of an effect on the probability that a firm employs fixed-term workers, and some weak evidence of a negative effect on the probability of using agency workers. Furthermore, estimates of the effect on the share of temporary employment are negative and statistically insignificant. Overall, therefore, there is no support for the hypothesis that firms under the threat of unionisation are more likely to use this type of non-union employment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 08:47
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7109

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