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Declining unions and the coverage wage gap

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"That German trade unionism is in profound decline seems to be beyond dispute. More controversial is the implied change in union impact on worker wages. A linked employer-employee dataset is deployed over an interval of continuing decline in unionism to address this issue. Over the sample period 2000 - 2010 it is found that joining a sectoral agreement always produces higher wages, while exiting one no longer leads to wage losses if the transition is to a firm agreement. Leaving a firm agreement to non-coverage also leads to wage reductions, while joining one from noncoverage appears decreasingly favorable. The one constant is the persistence of a small positive union wage gap." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Addison, John T.; Teixeira, Paulino; Stephani, Jens; Bellmann, Lutz (2015): Declining unions and the coverage wage gap * can German unions still cut it? In: Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 36, No. 3, S. 301-317.
 

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