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What do unions do at the large scale? Macro-economic evidence from a panel of OECD countries

Dimitrios Asteriou () and Vassilis Monastiriotis ()

Journal of Applied Economics, 2004, vol. VII, pages 27-46

Abstract: This paper investigates the long-run relationship between trade unionism and productivity using a panel data set comprising of 18 OECD economies. Much of the existing evidence on this issue derives from micro-economic studies, with limited attention paid to long-run dynamics and economy-wide effects. Using the mean group and pooled mean group estimation techniques on cross-country panel data, the paper offers support to the "productivity-increasing face of unionism" hypothesis, revealing a positive relationship between trade union density and per worker output.

Keywords: Trade unions; productivity growth; panel data econometrics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 J51 O4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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