Journal article

Unions and employment growth: Panel data evidence

M Wooden, A Hawke

Industrial Relations A Journal of Economy and Society | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2000


This study adds to the small empirical literature on the impact unions have on employment growth using data from Australia. Unlike previous studies, the data used are from a panel of firms surveyed at two points in time rather than a single cross section. The results indicate a negative union effect on employment in private-sector firms of about 2.5 percent per annum that, despite the very different institutional framework that prevails in Australia, is consistent with results obtained with North American data.