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Union Wage Premium in the USA and UK, 1983-2001

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SN: 4976
Title: Union Wage Premium in the USA and UK, 1983-2001
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4976-1
Depositor: Bryson, A., Policy Studies Institute
Principal investigator(s): Bryson, A., Policy Studies Institute
Original data producer(s): National Centre for Social Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: R000223958
Other acknowledgements: National Centre for Social Research (formerly Social and Community Planning Research - SCPR) were both principal investigators and data collectors for the British Social Attitudes series.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) were the principal investigators, and National Centre for Social Research (as SCPR) data collectors, for the Workplace Employee Relations Survey, 1998.

Users should note that British Social Attitudes data are copyright National Centre for Social Research. Workplace Employee Relations Survey, 1998 data are Crown Copyright. Please see Copyright section below for details of copyright for this study.


The citation for this study is:

Bryson, A. (2004). Union Wage Premium in the USA and UK, 1983-2001. [data collection]. National Centre for Social Research, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 4976,

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General - Employment and labour
Industrial relations - Employment and labour


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This study estimates the size of the union wage premium in Britain and the United States over the last two decades. The project compared trends in the wage premium between the US and Britain to provide insights into the way unions operate in a period of union decline. For Britain, the analysis was based on data from the British Social Attitudes Surveys (BSA) 1983-2002, the Labour Force Surveys for 1989-2000 (LFS) and the Workplace Employee Relations Survey 1998 (WERS98), which are all held at the UK Data Archive (see web page links below). For the US, the Current Population Surveys 1973-2002 (not held at UKDA) were used. Users should note that this deposit includes data from BSA and WERS98 only, not LFS, and covers Britain only, for the years 1983-2001.

No separate documentation has been deposited for this study, but users may find the original documentation for BSA and WERS useful. Links to the documentation for these studies may be found via the UKDA's major studies web pages:
  • British Social Attitudes
  • Workplace Employee Relations

  • For further information on the project, including data sources, compilation and variables, the depositor suggests that users consult the ESRC Society Today web site, using the grant number R000223958.

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    The files include the following information:
  • membwag3: linked employer-employee data from WERS98 where the unit is the employee;
  • tsearn: repeat cross-section data from BSA 1983-2002;
  • wag8998: 1989 and 1998 analysis of the impact of the closed shop and perceptions of union power on the wage premium.
  • Coverage, universe, methodology

    Time period: 1983 - 2001
    Country: Great Britain
    Spatial units: Government Office Regions
    Standard Statistical Regions
    Observation units: Individuals
    Kind of data: Numeric data
    Individual (micro) level
    Universe: National
    Respondents to British Social Attitudes surveys 1983-2001 and respondents to the Workplace Employee Relations Survey, 1998
    Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
    Sampling procedures: Please see documentation for BSA and WERS studies for details of original sampling
    Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
    Weighting: Please see documentation for BSA and WERS studies for details of original weighting
    Data sources: See Abstract section for details of the surveys from which these data are taken.

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    Administrative and access information

    Date of release:
    First edition: 01 July 2004
    Copyright: Crown Copyright held jointly with A. Bryson and National Centre for Social Research. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
    Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
    Availability: UK Data Service
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