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Corporate merger, organizational form, and control of labor

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  • Juan Carlos Bárcena-Ruiz

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    (Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico, Universidad del País Vasco, Avenida Lehendakari Aguirre, 83, 48015 Bilbao, Spain)

  • María Begoña Garzón

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    (Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico, Universidad del País Vasco, Avenida Lehendakari Aguirre, 83, 48015 Bilbao, Spain)

Abstract

This paper shows that, when two firms merge, the increase in the bargaining strength of the multiproduct firm arising from the merger when negotiating uniform wages with the workers is one of the reasons that account for corporate mergers. Moreover, there is a strategic variable that can be used to decrease union rents in the case of merging, namely, the organization of production decisions.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Spanish Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 2 (2000)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 129-144

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Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:2:y:2000:i:2:p:129-144

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Keywords: Mergers; multiproduct firms; wage bargaining;

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Cited by:
  1. George Symeonidis, 2009. "Downstream merger and welfare in a bilateral oligopoly," Economics Discussion Papers 671, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
  2. Kjell Erik Lommerud & Odd Rune Straume & Lars Sørgard, 2002. "Downstream Merger with Oligopolistic Input Suppliers," CESifo Working Paper Series 733, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Barcena-Ruiz, Juan Carlos, 2003. "Politically preferred wage bargaining structures," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 341-353, June.

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