Working Paper

The Duration of Union Membership: an Empirical Study


  • Vaona
  • A.
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Thanks to direct access to union databanks, this paper can answer two new questions in Industrial Relations: how long union membership lasts and what are the determinants of its duration. This also allows to conceptualize union membership as a much more dynamic phenomenon than in previous studies, where it was considered a static situation whose causes or e¤ects were to be investigated. Survival analysis applied to a sample of 48705 workers highlights that union membership duration is a positive, though declining, function of age. Furthermore, women, flexible workers, foreign ones and those working in cities tend to show less attachment to union membership than the other workers.


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Key Words

  • Duration
  • Italien
  • Italy
  • Membership
  • trade unions