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Collective bargaining, firm heterogeneity and unemployment

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  • Juan F. Jimeno

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    (Banco de España)

  • Carlos Thomas

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    (Banco de España)

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We compare labor market outcomes under firm-level and sector-level bargaining in a one-sector Mortensen-Pissarides economy with firm-specific productivity shocks. Our main theoretical results are twofold. First, unemployment is lower under firm-level bargaining Second, introducing efficient opting-out of sector-level agreements suffices to bring unemployment down to its level under decentralized bargaining. For an archetypical contintental European calibration, we find that the unemployment rate is about 5 percentage points lower under firm-level bargaining or efficient opting out than under sector-level bargaining.

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Paper provided by Banco de Espa�a in its series Banco de Espa�a Working Papers with number 1131.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Keywords: Collective bargaining; firm-specific shocks; wage compression; unemployment;

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  1. Samuel Bentolila & Juan J. Dolado & Juan F. Jimeno, 2012. "The New New Labour Market Reform in Spain: Objectives, Instruments, and Shortcomings," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 10(2), pages 03-07, 08.
  2. Samuel Bentolila & Juan Jose Dolado & Juan F. Jimeno, 2011. "Reforming an Insider-Outsider Labor Market: The Spanish Experience," CESifo Working Paper Series 3670, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Boris Hirsch & Christian Merkl & Steffen Müller & Claus Schnabel, 2014. "Centralized vs. Decentralized Wage Formation: The Role of Firms’ Production Technology," Kiel Working Papers 1927, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  4. Brändle, Tobias & Baumann, Florian, 2013. "Union Bargaining and Intra-Industry Productivity Differentials: Theory and Evidence from Germany," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79852, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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