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Relative Consumption, Working Time, and Trade Unions

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  • Inga Hillesheim

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  • Laszlo Goerke

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    (Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the EU, University of Trier)

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Status considerations with respect to consumption give rise to negative externalities because individuals do not take into account that their decisions affect the relative consumption position of others. Further, status concerns create incentives for excessive labour supply in competitive markets. We show that trade unions which are unable to internalise the externality can nevertheless mitigate the resulting distortion. The reason is that wages above the market clearing level are only feasible if people work less and, therefore, fewer hours than in a competitive market. Accordingly, the theoretical model establishes that trade unions can have a welfareenhancing role in a world with relative consumption effects.

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Paper provided by Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) in its series IAAEU Discussion Papers with number 201310.

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Keywords: externality; hours of work; relative consumption; trade union;

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