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Is there any scope for corporatism in stabilization policies?

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  • Acocella, Nicola
  • Di Bartolomeo, Giovanni
  • Pauwels, Wilfried

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This paper studies corporatism as the outcome of bargaining between the government and a representative labor union. We show that if negotiations between these two parties only relate to macroeconomic stabilization, corporatism can never be beneficial to both parties. As corporatist policies are nevertheless commonly observed in this context, we discuss possible explanations that reconcile the theory with actual observations. The policy implications of these explanations are also discussed.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3584.

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Keywords: Social pacts; axiomatic bargaining; unions; issue linkage;

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Cited by:
  1. Nicola Acocella, . "Teoria e pratica della politica economica: l’eredità del recente passato," Working Papers 104/13, Sapienza University of Rome, Metodi e modelli per l'economia, il territorio e la finanza MEMOTEF.
  2. Caeyers Bet & Pauwels Wilfried, 2007. "Corporatism and macroeconomic stabilization policies," wp.comunite 0007, Department of Communication, University of Teramo.
  3. Nicola Acocella & Giovanni Bartolomeo, 2013. "The Cost Of Social Pacts," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 65(3), pages 238-255, 07.
  4. CAEYERS, Bet & PAUWELS, Wilfried, 2006. "Corporatism and macroeconomic stabilization policies," Working Papers 2006035, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
  5. Nicola Acocella & Giovanni Di Bartolomeo, 2005. "Is corporatism feasible?," Macroeconomics 0504037, EconWPA.

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