Journal article/book/chapter

Evolution or Revolution? The Role of Unions in the Modern Workplace

Using nationally representative workplace surveys we examine the relationship between unionization and workplace financial performance in Britain and France. We find that union bargaining is detrimental to workplace performance in both countries. However, in Britain the effect is confined to the declining proportion of unionized workplaces where there is active collective bargaining. In the French case, the effect is confined to the minority of cases where unions have high density and where unions have a reputation for militancy.

The State of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation in Germany

This paper investigates trends in collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany<br />

from 2000 to 2008. It seeks to update and widen earlier analyses pointing to a decline in<br />

collective bargaining, while providing more information on the dual system as a whole. Using<br />

data from the IAB Employment Panel and the German Employment Register, we report<br />

evidence of a systematic and continuing erosion of the dual system. Not unnaturally the<br />

To Join or Not to Join? Factors Influencing Employee Share Plan Membership in a Multinational Corporation

Many firms encourage employees to own company stock through share plans that subsidize the price at favorable rates, but even so many employees do not buy shares. Using a new survey of employees in a multinational with a share ownership plan, we find considerable variation in joining among observationally equivalent workers and explore the reasons for the variation. Participation in the plan is higher the greater the potential pay-off from joining the share plan, which indicates that rational economic calculations affect the decision to join.

Trade Unions

We analyse the continued decline of trade unions and examine the possible implications for workers, employers, and unions themselves.

The Evolution of the Modern Worker: Attitudes to Work

In this chapter we explore how employees' experiences of, and attitudes to, work have changed over more than a quarter century. In an earlier evaluation, published in the mid-1990s, Bryson and McKay concluded that the quality of working life had deteriorated between the early 1980s and early 1990s: a period which not only encompassed the economic and policy upheavals noted above, but also the deep recession of 1990/91.

Macro modeling with many models

Editors: Cobham, D., Eitrheim, Gerlach, S., Qvigstad, J.