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Union Mediation and Adaptation to Reciprocal Loyalty Arrangements

Georgios Panos () and Ioannis Theodossiou

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This study evaluates behavioural differences between union and non-union workers in their preferences regarding reciprocal loyalty in the employment relationship. It uses a vignettes approach to elicit preferences and a novel dataset with unusually rich information on semi-skilled employees from four European countries. It focuses on reciprocal employer-employee arrangements stating that if the employee exerts higher effort, the employer reciprocates by offering higher job security. Such reciprocal arrangements are found to be valued more highly by unionized workers. The evidence suggests that the norm-enhancing role of union membership is the key candidate explanation of this pattern. Union workers are also found more likely to exercise the ‘voice’ rather than the ‘exit’ option in their current job.

Keywords: Trade Union; Loyalty; Reciprocity; Adaptation; Conjoint Analysis; Exit; Voice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J51 J28 J52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-05-27
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