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Neoclassical Economic Growth and Lifetime Welfare in a Simple OLG Model with Unions

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  • Luciano Fanti
  • Luca Gori

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We analyse the effects of the introduction of a unionised labour market in a simple Diamond's OLG framework. Interesting findings, so far escaped closer scrutiny, emerge. Under some particular conditions about the key parameters of the model, the unionised-wage economy may perform better than the standard market-clearing wage frame as regards economic growth and the lifetime welfare. We show that wages are set by the monopolistic union as a mark-up over the (constant) unemployment benefit such as tomaximise the long-run stock of capital. Furthermore, given the union's wage, a benevolent government is able to pick up exactly a value of the unemployment bonus such as to obtain a welfare maximum. These resultsmay have important policy implications.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy in its series Discussion Papers with number 2008/71.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:pie:dsedps:2008/71

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Keywords: Unions; Unemployment; Economic Growth; Welfare;

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  1. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2011. "On economic growth and minimum wages," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 103(1), pages 59-82, May.
  2. Fanti, Luciano & Gori, Luca, 2010. "Child policy solutions for the unemployment problem," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 109(3), pages 147-149, December.
  3. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2012. "PAYG Pensions and Economic Cycles Exogenous versus Endogenous Fertility," Public Finance Review, , vol. 40(2), pages 240-269, March.
  4. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2012. "Endogenous Lifetime in an Overlapping-Generations Small Open Economy," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 68(2), pages 121-152, June.
  5. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2009. "Endogenous fertility, endogenous lifetime and economic growth: the role of health and child policies," Discussion Papers 2009/91, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  6. Manuela Gussoni - Andrea Mangani, 2009. "The impact of public funding for innovation on firms' R&D investments: Do R&D cooperation and appropriability matter?," Discussion Papers 2009/90, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  7. Luca Gori, 2009. "Endogenous fertility, family policy and multiple equilibria," Discussion Papers 2009/79, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  8. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2009. "Longevity, fertility and PAYG pension systems sustainability," Discussion Papers 2009/77, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
  9. Lorenzo Corsini & Elisabetta Olivieri, 2008. "Technological Change and the Wage Differential between Skilled and Unskilled Workers: Evidence from Italy," Discussion Papers 2008/73, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

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