The economics of trade unions : a study of a research field and its findings /
Hristos Doucouliagos, Richard B. Freeman and Patrice Laroche.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017.
xiii, 190 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
1138888303 (hardback), 9781138888302 (hardback), 9781315713533 (ebook)
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Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017.
1138888303 (hardback)
9781138888302 (hardback)
9781315713533 (ebook)
contents note
Introduction: why study studies of unionism? -- 1. A bibliometric analysis of What Do Unions Do? -- 2. Research synthesis through meta-regression analysis -- 3. Unions and productivity: direct estimates -- 4. Unions and productivity growth -- 5. Unions and productivity: investment channels -- 6. Unions and productivity: employee behavior channels -- 7. Unions and financial performance of firms 8. Summary and conclusions.
"Richard B. Freeman and James L. Medoff’s now classic 1984 book What Do Unions Do? stimulated an enormous theoretical and empirical literature on the economic impact of trade unions. Trade unions continue to be a significant feature of many labor markets, particularly in developing countries, and issues of labor market regulations and labor institutions remain critically important to researchers and policy makers. The relations between unions and management can range between cooperation and conflict; unions have powerful offsetting wage and non-wage effects that economists and other social scientists have long debated. Do the benefits of unionism exceed the costs to the economy and society writ large, or do the costs exceed the benefits? The Economics of Trade Unions offers the first comprehensive review, analysis and evaluation of the empirical literature on the microeconomic effects of trade unions using the tools of meta-regression analysis to identify and quantify the economic impact of trade unions, as well as to correct research design faults, the effects of selection bias and model misspecification. This volume makes use of a unique dataset of hundreds of empirical studies and their reported estimates of the microeconomic impact of trade unions. Written by three authors who have been at the forefront of this research field (including the co-author of the original volume, What Do Unions Do?), this book offers an overview of a subject that is of huge importance to scholars of labor economics, industrial and employee relations, and human resource management, as well as those with an interest in meta-analysis."--Publisher's website.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [164]-187) and index.

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