A Social Welfare Theory of Trade Unions

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There have been recent advances in the understanding of trade unions by modeling union objectives as maximizing a neoclassical utility function. While this literature is most relevant for autonomous and homogeneous local unions, there are also numerous large, heterogeneous trade unions in many countries. This paper illustrates that social choice theory presents a more realistic framework for explicitly modeling the aggregation of potentially diverse preferences within trade unions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1993


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