ANGRAVE, D., CHARLWOOD, A. and GREENWOOD, I., 2015. Do economic conditions influence union activism behaviour? Economic and Industrial Democracy, DOI: 10.1177/0143831X15571641 .
This article develops and tests the theory that union activism is related to economic conditions using a nationally representative panel of workers from the UK. Results suggest that a fall in real wages of two percentage points and a three percentage point increase in the unemployment rate are both associated with a one tenth increase in the probability that a ‘benchmark’ worker will become a union activist (albeit from a low base). This relationship is largely explained by the behaviour of workers in highly unionised sectors.
This is the accepted version of a paper subsequently published in the journal, Economic and Industrial Democracy. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0143831X15571641
The BHPS data used in this article were collected by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and were made available through the ESRC Data Archive (both at the University of Essex).