Unions and Workplace Performance in Britain and France

| Publication date: 29 Apr 2009 | Theme: Trade, Investment & Productivity, Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A; Forth, J | External Author(s): Laroche, P | JEL Classification: J51; L25

Using nationally representative workplace surveys we examine the relationship between unionization<br />

and workplace financial performance in Britain and France. We find that union bargaining is<br />

detrimental to workplace performance in Britain and that this effect is larger when unionization is<br />

endogenized. In France, union bargaining is associated with poorer workplace performance but the effect disappears once unionization is treated as endogenous. However, high levels of union density do have a negative impact on workplace performance in France. In Britain the union effect does not rise with union density.

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trade union, firm performance, France, Britain
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