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Union Bargaining Power: A View from Japan

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  • Fuess, Jr., Scott M.

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    (University of Nebraska at Lincoln)

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Industrial relations researchers have long recognized the importance of bargaining power in understanding wage settlements between labor and management. As an empirical matter it has been a challenge to develop measures of union bargaining power. Using a unique data set from Japan, this study identifies how close contract settlements came to satisfying organized labor’s original demands. With those survey results over the 1960-1999 period, it is possible to develop a measure of union power and distinguish how it has fluctuated over time. These findings for Japan have important implications for empirical analysis of union bargaining power.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 393.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2001
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp393

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Keywords: Unions and collective bargaining; particular labor markets; wages;

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  1. Schettkat, Ronald & Yocarini, Lara, 2001. "Education Driving the Rise in Dutch Female Employment: Explanations for the Increase in Part-time Work and Female Employment in the Netherlands, Contrasted with Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 407, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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