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Trade unions go global!

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  • Donado, Alejandro
  • Wälde, Klaus

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"Worker movements played a crucial role in making workplaces safer. Workplace safety is costly for firms but increases labour supply. A laissez-faire approach leaving safety of workplaces unknown is suboptimal. Safety standards set by better-informed trade unions are output and welfare increasing. Trade between a country with trade unions (the North) and a union-free country (the South) can imply a reduction in work standards in the North. When trade unions are established in the South, the North, including northern unions, tend to lose. Quantitatively, these effects are small and overcompensated by gains in the South." (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 200903.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 26 Jan 2009
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Keywords: Gewerkschaftspolitik - Internationalisierung; Gewerkschaftspolitik; Arbeitsschutzpolitik; Arbeitsschutz; Arbeitssicherheit; Unfallschutz; Arbeitsunfälle; Kapitalmobilität; gesellschaftliche Wohlfahrt;

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Cited by:
  1. Alejandro Donado & Klaus Wälde, 2010. "How Bad is Globalization for Labour Standards in the North?," FIW Working Paper series 059, FIW.
  2. Alejandro DONADO & Klaus WALDE, 2010. "How Trade Unions Increase Welfare," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2010027, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  3. Trappmann, Mark & Christoph, Bernhard & Achatz, Juliane & Wenzig, Claudia & Müller, Gerrit & Gebhardt, Daniel, 2009. "Design and stratification of PASS : a new panel study for research on long term unemployment," IAB Discussion Paper 200905, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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