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The effect of private versus public ownership on labour earnings

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We examine the impact of privatisation on wage formation in unionised labour markets. Using longitudinal worker-firm data for Portugal spanning the period 1991-2007, we find that privatisation leads to higher wages, and show that this effect is driven by the fact that privatised firms tend to pay larger mark-ups on the union wage floor. These findings accord with a theoretical model in which actual paid wages are determined via sector-wide collective bargaining and firm-specific "fair-wage" policies, and where private ownership affects wage-setting incentives in both of these stages.

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Paper provided by NIPE - Universidade do Minho in its series NIPE Working Papers with number 07/2011.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:nip:nipewp:07/2011

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Keywords: Privatisation; wage formation; trade unions.;

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  1. Paulo Bastos & Natália Pimenta Monteiro & Odd Rune Straume, 2012. "Privatization and corporate restructuring," NIPE Working Papers 10/2012, NIPE - Universidade do Minho.

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