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Unions and Workplace Performance in Britain and France


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 Britain and that this effect is larger when unionization is 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.


Alex Bryson, John Forth and Patrice Laroche

April 2009     Paper Number CEPDP0920

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This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Labour markets programme.