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The determinants of union membership : evidence from two Australian surveys

Grimes, Paul Francis Michael


This thesis is an econometric investigation of what determines an individual's probability of union membership. Following Olson (1965) it is argued that unions are fundamentally collective organisations that seek to advance collective goals. Therefore, it is stressed that union membership needs to be understood as a collective action problem in which individuals have an incentive to free ride the collective benefits of unionism. The empirical analysis commences with the estimation of a...[Show more]

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Date published: 1994
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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