With or Without U? Testing the Hypothesis of an Inverted U-Shaped Union Membership-Age Relationship

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Schnabel C, Wagner J
Journal: Contemporary Economics
Publisher: University of Finance and Management, Warsaw
Publication year: 2012
Volume: 6
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 28-34
ISSN: 2084-0845


Abstract


In this note, we apply a new test by Lind and Mehlum (2010), casting doubt on the claim proposed by Blanchflower (2007) that the probability of unionisation follows an inverted U-shaped pattern in age with a maximum in the mid- to late 40s. With this new test for an inverted U-shaped pattern, which has not been applied to the age-membership nexus before, and by constructing exact confidence intervals for the maximum value, we demonstrate that - at least with respect to West Germany - Blanchflower's hypothesis does not hold. Our findings suggest that more definitive evidence is need- ed before the existence of international unionisation-age patterns can be taken for granted.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Schnabel, Claus Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Arbeitsmarkt- und Regionalpolitik


External institutions with authors

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg


Research Fields

Labor Market Organizations
Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Arbeitsmarkt- und Regionalpolitik
Change in the World of Work
Research focus area of a faculty: Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften


How to cite

APA:
Schnabel, C., & Wagner, J. (2012). With or Without U? Testing the Hypothesis of an Inverted U-Shaped Union Membership-Age Relationship. Contemporary Economics, 6(4), 28-34.

MLA:
Schnabel, Claus, and Joachim Wagner. "With or Without U? Testing the Hypothesis of an Inverted U-Shaped Union Membership-Age Relationship." Contemporary Economics 6.4 (2012): 28-34.

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