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CEP discussion paper
Unions and Workplace Performance in Britain and France
Alex Bryson, John Forth and Patrice Laroche
April 2009
Paper No' CEPDP0920:
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JEL Classification: J51; L25

Tags: trade union; firm performance; france; britain

Using nationally representative workplace surveys we examine the relationship between unionization and workplace financial performance in Britain and France. We find that union bargaining is detrimental to workplace performance in Britain and that this effect is larger when unionization is endogenized. In France, union bargaining is associated with poorer workplace performance but the effect disappears once unionization is treated as endogenous. However, high levels of union density do have a negative impact on workplace performance in France. In Britain the union effect does not rise with union density.