Trade Unions, Non-Binding Wage Agreements, and Capital Accumulation
AbstractThis paper provides a counterexample to some recent results of Grout (1984) which state that in a bargaining situation without binding wage agreements, the capital stock will be biased downwards. In a general equilibrium setting, this result may be reversed. The argument is built around a simple Diamond-type overlapping generations model where the young work and old own both capital and shares in firms. A move from binding to non-binding wage contracts may increase the capital stock in this environment. A rise in trade-union power will generally increase the capital stock and reduce the speed of the economy's adjustment.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 743.
Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 1989
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trade unions ; wages ; economic equilibrium ; enterprises ; labour;
Other versions of this item:
- Devereux, Michael B. & Lockwood, Ben, 1991. "Trade unions, non-binding wage agreements, and capital accumulation," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(7), pages 1411-1426, October.
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