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Wage cyclicality under different regimes of industrial relations

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  • Hermann Gartner
  • Thorsten Schenk
  • Claus Schnabel

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Since there is scant evidence on the role of industrial relations in wage cyclicality, this paper analyzes the effect of collective wage contracts and of works councils on real wage growth. Using linked employer-employee data for western Germany, we find that works councils affect wage growth only in combination with collective bargaining. Wage adjustments to positive and negative economic shocks are not always symmetric. Only under sectoral bargaining there is a (nearly symmetric) reaction to rising and falling unemployment. In contrast, wage growth in establishments without collective bargaining adjusts only to falling unemployment and is unaffected by rising unemployment

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1654.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1654

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Keywords: wage cyclicality; wage bargaining; works council; Germany;

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  1. Hirsch, Boris & Zwick, Thomas, 2013. "How selective are real wage cuts? A micro-analysis using linked employer-employee data," ZEW Discussion Papers 13-086, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  2. Schnitzlein, Daniel D., 2011. "How important is cultural background for the level of intergenerational mobility?," Working Papers 11-12, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
  3. John Addison & Paulino Teixeira & Katalin Evers & Lutz Bellmann, 2014. "Indicative and Updated Estimates of the Collective Bargaining Premium in Germany," Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 53(1), pages 125-156, 01.
  4. Uwe Jirjahn, 2013. "Der Beitrag der Arbeitsmarktökonomik zur Erforschung von Gewerkschaften und Tarifvertragsbeziehungen in Deutschland," Research Papers in Economics 2013-03, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
  5. Brenzel, Hanna & Gartner, Hermann & Schnabel, Claus, 2013. "Wage posting or wage bargaining? : evidence from the employers’ side," IAB Discussion Paper 201315, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  6. John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira & Katalin Evers & Lutz Bellmann, 2013. "Collective Bargaining and Innovation in Germany: Cooperative Industrial Relations?," GEMF Working Papers 2014-01, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.

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