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Let's Take Bargaining Models Seriously: The Decline in Union Power in Germany, 1992-2009

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  • Hirsch, Boris

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    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

  • Schnabel, Claus

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    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

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Building on the right-to-manage model of collective bargaining, this paper tries to infer union power from the observed results in wage setting. It derives a time-varying indicator of union strength and confronts it with annual data for Germany. The results show that union power was relatively stable in the 1990s but fell substantially (by almost one-third) from 1999 to 2007. Two-thirds of this fall in union power follow from the reduction in the labour share relative to the capital share whereas changes in the gap between the net wage and the income when unemployed account for the remaining third.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5875.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Keywords: labour share; wage bargaining; trade union power; Germany;

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  1. Schnabel, Claus, 2012. "Union membership and density: Some (not so) stylized facts and challenges," Discussion Papers 81, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  2. John Addison & Paulino Teixeira & Jens Stephani & Lutz Bellmann, 2012. "Can German Unions Still Cut It?," GEMF Working Papers 2012-19, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.
  3. Hirsch, Boris & Schnabel, Claus, 2011. "Let's Take Bargaining Models Seriously: The Decline in Union Power in Germany, 1992-2009," IZA Discussion Papers 5875, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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