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Social Pacts, Employment and Growth. A Reappraisal of Ezio Tarantelli’s Thought

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  • Nicola Acocella
    () (Università di Roma La Sapienza)
  • Riccardo Leoni
    () (Università di Bergamo)

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Social pacts have long been a centrepiece of European politics. They are characterized by negotiations among government, employers, workers, and other interest groups over wages and other economic issues. With the growth of globalization and pervasiveness of knowledge, some economists have called for a reduced role of social pacts and centralized wage bargaining, to be replaced by increased flexibility in labour agreements; others argue in favour of social pacts with contents and orientation different from those that have characterized the last three decades. In this book leading European economists examine the current status of social pacts and their future. Particular focus is placed on the ideas of Ezio Tarantelli, a young Italian economist killed by Red Brigades in 1985. He thought that trade unions could play a positive role by agreeing to set wages on the basis of a target rate of inflation. Therefore, they would contribute to economic and social stability through influencing future price expectations, protecting real wages. But, if inflation did erode real wages, government could compensate unions through increased social expenditure. As the European Union expands and social change accelerates, this book will be of interest to all concerned with social and economic developments across Europe.

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This book is provided by AIEL - Associazione Italiana Economisti del Lavoro in its series AIEL Series in Labour Economics with number 02 and published in 2007.

ISBN: 978-3-7908-1915-1.
Handle: RePEc:ail:labook:02

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Keywords: Collective Bargaining; Incomes Policies; Macroeconomic Performance; Social Pacts; Trade Unions.;

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