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Exchange rates and wages in unionised labour markets

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  • Paulo Bastos
  • Peter Wright

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We investigate the impact of exchange rate movements on wage determination in unionised labour markets. Using a simple model of international oligopoly, we show that organised labour has a rational incentive to accept lower wages in the face of a currency appreciation. This proposition is examined empirically using a matched worker-firm dataset for Portugal. We find results consistent with the predictions of the model, though the impact varies considerably with both worker characteristics and the regional unemployment rate.

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Paper provided by University of Nottingham, GEP in its series Discussion Papers with number 10/15.

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Keywords: Exchange rates; trade unions; wage bargaining; worker-firm data;

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  1. Benjamin Bridgman, 2011. "Competition, Work Rules and Productivity," 2011 Meeting Papers 289, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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