University College London, UK, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
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Labor economics, Workplace employment relations, Industrial relations, Programme evaluation, Unions
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Professor of Quantitative Social Science, Department of Social Science, University College London, Institute of Education, UK
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Member of the Workplace Employment Relations Survey Steering Committee
Head of Employment Group and Principal Research Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, UK (2012–2015); Editor, British Journal of Industrial Relations (2005–2009); Wertheim Fellow, Harvard Law School and National Bureau of Economic Research (2005–2006)
PhD Sociology, University of Bristol, 2013
Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession: Findings from the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013 (with B. van Wanrooy, H. Bewley, J. Forth, L. Stokes, and S. Wood).
The Evolution of the Modern British Workplace. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (W. Brown, J. Forth, and K. Whitfield).
“What effect do unions have on wages now and would ‘what do unions do?’ be surprised.” In: Bennett, J.T., and B. E. Kaufman (eds). What Do Unions Do?: A Twenty-Year Perspective. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2007; pp. 79–113 (with D. Blanchflower).
Inside the Workplace: Findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. London: Routledge, 2006 (with B. Kersley, C. Alpin, J. Forth, H. Bewley, G. Dix, and S. Oxenbridge).
All Change at Work? London: Routledge, 2000 (with N. Millward and J. Forth).
Union wage effects
What are the economic implications of union wage bargaining for workers, firms, and society?Alex Bryson, July 2014Despite declining bargaining power, unions continue to generate a wage premium. Some feel collective bargaining has had its day. Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have recently called for the removal of bargaining rights from workers in the name of wage and employment flexibility, yet unions often work in tandem with employers for mutual gain based on productivity growth. If this is where the premium originates, then firms and workers benefit. Without unions bargaining successfully to raise worker wages, income inequality would almost certainly be higher than it is.MoreLess