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Membership, Seniority and Wage-Setting in Democratic Labour Unions

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  • Burda, Michael C

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The dynamic behavior of a democratic monopoly labor union that allocates employment on a length-of-service basis is studied. In the context of a simple model, the author shows that a median voter equilibrium can exist in a union consisting of senority-ranked workers when voting membership depends on past employment. The closed-form wage rule of such a union induces a unit root in the autoregressive representation of employment even if the underlying determinants of labor demand are strictly stationary. On the other hand, "Chesire Cat" or disappearing union phenomena are likely to be limited by the forward-looking behavior of union members and the sensitivity of union membership to employment. Copyright 1990 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

Volume (Year): 57 (1990)
Issue (Month): 228 (November)
Pages: 455-66

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Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:57:y:1990:i:228:p:455-66

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  1. Gaston, N., 2000. "Unions and the Decentralisation of Collective Bargaining in a Globalising World," ISER Discussion Paper 0495, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  2. Daniele Checchi, 2000. "Time series evidence on union densities in European countries," Departmental Working Papers 2000-10, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
  3. Ludsteck, Johannes, 2006. "Employment effects of centralization in wage setting in a median voter model," IAB Discussion Paper 200602, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
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  5. Daniele Checchi & Claudio Lucifora, 2002. "Unions and labour market institutions in Europe," Departmental Working Papers 2002-16, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
  6. Jonathan P. Thomas, 1999. "Fair Pay and a Wagebill Arguement for Wage Rigidity and Excessive Employment Variability," Discussion Paper Series, Department of Economics 199919, Department of Economics, University of St. Andrews.
  7. Fanti, Luciano & Meccheri, Nicola, 2014. "Profits and competition under alternative technologies in a unionized duopoly with product differentiation," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(2), pages 157-168.
  8. Fitzenberger, Bernd & Kohn, Karsten, 2005. "Gleicher Lohn für gleiche Arbeit? : zum Zusammenhang zwischen Gewerkschaftsmitgliedschaft und Lohnstruktur in Westdeutschland 1985-1997 (Equal pay for equal work? * on the relationship between union ," Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung - Journal for Labour Market Research, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 38(2/3), pages 125-146.
  9. Torben Andersen & Henrik Vetter, 1995. "Equilibrium youth unemployment," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 61(1), pages 1-10, February.
  10. Fredriksson, Per G. & Gaston, Noel, 1999. "The "greening" of trade unions and the demand for eco-taxes," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 15(4), pages 663-686, November.

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