Union relevance in the Malaysian labour market

Hazrul Izuan Shahiri, Zulkifly Osman, Kihong Park

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Abstract

The study estimates the effect of union membership on workers' wages using individual-level data from a survey conducted among employees in various sectors in Malaysia in 2012. Initial results show that union membership has a positive effect on wages. However, after controlling for endogeneity, union membership or the presence of a labour union within a firm is not statistically significant for individual wage levels. Because there is no trade union wage premium, the study suggests that the revival of labour union membership is not going to be an easy task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-56
Number of pages12
JournalAsian-Pacific Economic Literature
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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Union relevance in the Malaysian labour market. / Shahiri, Hazrul Izuan; Osman, Zulkifly; Park, Kihong.

In: Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, Vol. 30, No. 2, 01.11.2016, p. 45-56.

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Shahiri, Hazrul Izuan ; Osman, Zulkifly ; Park, Kihong. / Union relevance in the Malaysian labour market. In: Asian-Pacific Economic Literature. 2016 ; Vol. 30, No. 2. pp. 45-56.
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