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Unionisation, International Integration and Selection

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  • Montagna, Catia
  • Nocco, Antonella

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We study how unionisation affects competitive selection between heterogeneous fi rms when wage negotiations can occur at the fi rm or at the profi t-centre level. With productivity speci c wages, an increase in union power has: (i) a selection-softening; (ii) a counter-competitive; (iii) a wage-inequality; and (iv) a variety effect. In a two-country asymmetric setting, stronger unions soften competition for domestic firms and toughen it for exporters. With profit-centre bargaining, we show how trade liberalisation can affect wage inequality among identical workers both across firms (via its effects on competitive selection) and within firms (via wage discrimination across destination markets).

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Paper provided by Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) in its series SIRE Discussion Papers with number 2011-49.

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Keywords: firm selection; unionisation; wage inequality; trade liberalisation;

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  1. Felbermayr, Gabriel & Hauptmann, Andreas & Schmerer, Hans-Jörg, 2012. "International trade and collective bargaining outcomes : evidence from German employer-employee data," IAB Discussion Paper 201207, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  2. Catia Montagna & Antonella Nocco, 2012. "Trade Costs, International Competition and Selection: The Effects of Unionisation on Market Size," Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 269, Economic Studies, University of Dundee.

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