*The authors' affiliations are, respectively, Department of Economics, Leicester University, England, and Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts/Boston.
Vacation Time and Unionism in the U.S. and Europe
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2008
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 180–194, March 1988
How to Cite
Green, F. and Potepan, M. J. (1988), Vacation Time and Unionism in the U.S. and Europe. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 27: 180–194. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.1988.tb01000.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2008
American employees receive substantially less paid vacation than Europeans despite earning higher real wages and having greater personal wealth. Here we present past and current averages for individual countries, along with a brief history of the growth of paid vacations in the U.S. and Europe. Regression analyses of individual household data from the U.S. indicate that union membership substantially influences the length of vacation time for U.S. workers. This finding helps explain why the U.S. vacation time average is lower than the European average.