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Information sharing and collective bargaining in Japan: Effects on wage negotiation

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  • Motohiro Morishima
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    Japanese firms often attempt to influence the process and outcomes of wage negotiation by sharing confidential business information with their unions and employees through the joint consultation system. In this study, using a unique survey of Japanese joint consultation committees conducted in 1981, the author examines the effects of information sharing on the process and outcomes of wage negotiation. The results show that when firms engaged in increased information sharing, negotiation processes were shorter and easier, and unions tended to demand and accept lower wage increases. In contrast, a similar study performed in the United States found that information sharing increased labor's bargaining power. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 44 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 3 (April)
    Pages: 469-485

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:44:y:1991:i:3:p:469-485

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    1. Takao Kato, 2000. "The Recent Transformation of Participatory Employment Practices in Japan," NBER Working Papers 7965, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Ohkusa, Yasushi & Ohtake, Fumio, 1997. "The Productivity Effects of Information Sharing, Profit Sharing, and ESOPs," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 385-402, September.
    3. Jaime Saavedra-Chanduví & Máximo Torero, 2002. "Union Density Changes and Union Effects on Firm Performance in Peru," IDB Publications 43218, Inter-American Development Bank.
    4. Chiaki Moriguchi & Emmanuel Saez, 2006. "The Evolution of Income Concentration in Japan, 1886-2002: Evidence from Income Tax Statistics," NBER Working Papers 12558, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Chiaki Moriguchi, 2008. "Top Wage Incomes in Japan, 1951-2005," NBER Working Papers 14537, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Howard Gospel & Paul Willman, 2004. "Comparatively open: statutory information disclosure for consultation and bargaining in Germany, France and the UK," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 382, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    7. Peter Cramton & Hamid Mehran & Joseph Tracy, 2010. "Bargaining with a Shared Interest: The Impact of Employee Stock Ownership Plans on Labor Disputes," Papers of Peter Cramton 98wpesop, University of Maryland, Department of Economics - Peter Cramton, revised Jun 2010.
    8. Fuess, Jr., Scott M., 2001. "Union Bargaining Power: A View from Japan," IZA Discussion Papers 393, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    9. Riccardo Peccei & Helen Bewley & Howard Gospel & Paul Willman, 2003. "Is it good to talk? Information disclosure and organisational performance in the UK incorporating evidence submitted on the DTI discussion paper 'high performance workplaces - informing and consulting," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 20005, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    10. Ana María Sabater & Joaquina Laffarga, 2004. "Comportamiento Diario Del Mercado Continuo Español Ante Un Evento Laboral: Un Analisis Empirico," Working Papers. Serie EC, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) 2004-19, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
    11. Howard Gospel & P Willman, 2004. "Comparatively Open: Statutory Information Disclosure for Consultation and Bargaining in Germany, France and the UK," CEP Discussion Papers, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE dp0615, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    12. Creane, Anthony, 2007. "Productivity information in vertical sharing agreements," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 25(4), pages 821-841, August.
    13. Shin'ichi Hirota & Kohei Kawamura, 2002. "What Makes Autonomous Management Do Well?: Corporate Governance without External Controls," Yale School of Management Working Papers, Yale School of Management ysm270, Yale School of Management, revised 01 Sep 2002.

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