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A Reverse Holdup Problem: When workers’ lack of bargaining power slows economic adjustments

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  • Estache, Antonio
  • Foucart, Renaud

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In a model of horizontal matching on the labor market, we show that increasing workers’ bargaining power may increase some employers’ incentive to switch to new production activities. In particular, this could lead to (i) higher wages, (ii) more jobs, (iii) better jobs and (iv) higher profits. Paradoxically, the median voter may object to the economic adjustments because search costs could cut the surplus for a majority of workers, even when it creates jobs for the other ones and increases aggregate surplus.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 9475.

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Date of creation: May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:9475

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