Join the Union and Be Safe: The Effects of Unionization on Occupational Safety and Health in the European Union

Athina Economou, Ioannis Theodossiou

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of unionization on occupational safety and health, as measured by the fatal and non-fatal work accidents, after controlling for the country's gross domestic product. It uses a panel sample of 10 European Union countries, for the period 1982-2006. The study takes into account the time persistence in work injuries and the endogenous nature of the work injuries-union density relationship. In addition, the effect of union density is decomposed into a temporary and permanent effect. It is shown that increasing union density is associated with a decrease in the number of both fatal and non-fatal work injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-140
Number of pages14
JournalLabour
Volume29
Issue number2
Early online date14 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Demography

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