Unionization and Firm Performance in China's Manufacturing Industries

TitleUnionization and Firm Performance in China's Manufacturing Industries
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsAnwar, Sajid, and Sun, Sizhong
JournalJournal of Labor Research
Pagination78 - 102
Date Published2015///
KeywordsChina, Manufacturing firms, unionization

This paper examines the link between unionization and firm performance in China’s manufacturing industries. The empirical results suggest that unionization has not greatly benefited workers in China’s textile industry but it has contributed to much larger increase in average wages in both domestic and foreign invested firms in communication equipment, computer and other electronic equipment manufacturing industry. In the case of the general equipment manufacturing industry, unionized domestic firms pay higher average wages but there is no link between unionization and average wage in foreign invested firms.