THE ROLE OF TRADE UNIONS IN VIETNAM: A CASE STUDY OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES

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  • Nina Torm

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    1. Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Correspondence to: Nina Torm, Development Economics Research Group (DERG), Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 26, DK-1353 Copenhagen K., Denmark.

      E-mail: Nina.Torm@econ.ku.dk

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Abstract

On the basis of matched employer–employee data from 2007 to 2009, this paper examines the union wage gap among small and medium non-state manufacturing enterprises in Vietnam. Controlling for both worker and firm characteristics, the results provide evidence that union members earn higher wages than non-members, and are more likely to receive social benefits. Within unionised firms, a substantial wage premium is revealed for workers employed in Southern firms, a finding which among other factors may be attributed to historical differences between the North and South of Vietnam. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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