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Journal Article

Family, place and the intergenerational transmission of union membership


Publication date

Sep 2019


This article examines the importance of family, gender and place to the intergenerational transmission of trade union membership. Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, we show that union membership among parents influences the union joining behaviour of young workers. These effects are particularly apparent among daughters and where both parents are members of unions. The effects of parental membership are also stronger among those born in areas characterized by relatively high levels of union density. Parental effects are therefore important to our understanding of the persistence of regional variations in levels of trade union membership.

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British Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume and page numbers

57 , 624 -650



Area Effects, Sociology Of Labour, Labour Market, Labour Economics, and Sociology Of Households


Open access; This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.; © 2018 The Authors British Journal of Industrial Relations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


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