Trade unions in the south and co-operation between unions in the South and in the North: A survey of the economics literature

Working Papers 285 Mari Kangasniemi, Jukka Pirttilä

This paper offers a survey of the recent economic literature on the effects of unions in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the impact of unionisation on labour standards. The paper also discusses the studies – or, more aptly, the lack thereof – of the impact of development aid that is channelled via unions. The observations point towards important areas for rigorous further empirical research.

Key words: trade unions, development, civil society, labour standards, development aid.