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Collective bargaining structure and its determinants : an empirical analysis with British and German establishment data

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  • Schnabel, Claus
  • Zagelmeyer, Stefan
  • Kohaut, Susanne

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    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany])

Abstract

"Using two nationally representative establishment data sets, this paper investigates collective bargaining coverage and firms' choice of governance structures for the employment relationship in Britain and in (western and eastern) Germany. Both countries have experienced a substantial decline in collective bargaining coverage in the last decades. While bargaining coverage is generally lower in Britain, single-employer bargaining is relatively more important in Britain, whereas multi-employer collective bargaining clearly dominates in Germany. Econometric analyses show that more or less the same set of variables play a statistically significant role in explaining the structure of collective bargaining in both countries. These include establishment size, establishment age, foreign ownership, public sector affiliation and being a branch plant." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Paper provided by Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany] in its series IAB Discussion Paper with number 200516.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 09 Aug 2005
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Publication status: published in: European Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 12, No. 2 (2006), p. 165-188
Handle: RePEc:iab:iabdpa:200516

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Keywords: Tarifverhandlungen - internationaler Vergleich; Tarifautonomie; Tarifpartner; Tarifbindung; Tarifverhandlungen - Determinanten; Betriebsvereinbarung; Flächentarifvertrag; Dezentralisation; IAB-Betriebspanel; Unternehmensgröße; Betriebsgröße; Wirtschaftszweige; Arbeitsbeziehungen; Unternehmenspolitik; Unternehmensführung; Unternehmensalter; öffentlicher Dienst; ausländische Arbeitgeber; regionaler Vergleich; Firmentarifvertrag; Tarifbindung; Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Großbritannien; Ostdeutschland; Westdeutschland;

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  4. John T. Addison & Alex Bryson & Paulino Teixeira & André Pahnke, 2011. "Slip Sliding Away: Further Union Decline In Germany And Britain," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 58(4), pages 490-518, 09.
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  7. Nicole Gürtzgen, 2006. "The Effect of Firm- ans Industry-Level Contracts on Wages: Evidence from Longitudinal Linked Employer-Employee Data," ZEW Discussion Papers 06-82, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
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  9. Eckey, Hans-Friedrich & Schwengler, Barbara & Türck, Matthias, 2007. "Vergleich von deutschen Arbeitsmarktregionen," IAB Discussion Paper 200703, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
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