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Gender differences in the union wage premium? A comparative case study

Bryson, A; Dale-Olsen, H; Nergaard, K; (2019) Gender differences in the union wage premium? A comparative case study. European Journal of Industrial Relations , 26 (2) pp. 173-190. 10.1177/0959680119840572. Green open access

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Abstract

Trade unions have changed from male-dominated to majority-female organizations. We use linked employer-employee surveys for Norway and Britain to examine whether, in keeping with a median voter model, the gender shift in union membership has resulted in differential wage returns to unionization among men and women. In Britain, while only women receive a union wage premium, only men benefit from the increased bargaining power of their union as indicated by workplace union density. In Norway, however, both men and women receive a union wage premium in male-dominated workplaces; but where the union is female-dominated, women benefit more than men. The findings suggest British unions continue to adopt a paternalistic attitude to representing their membership, in contrast to their more progressive counterparts in Norway.

Type: Article
Title: Gender differences in the union wage premium? A comparative case study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0959680119840572
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959680119840572
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Unions, gender, wages
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073586
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