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Is corporatism feasible?

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  • Nicola Acocella

    (University of Rome I)

  • Giovanni Di Bartolomeo

    (University of Rome I)

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This paper investigates the effects of cooperation (corporatism) on macroeconomic performance by considering a rather standard policy game between the government and a monopoly union. We stress the shortcomings of the traditional way used to model cooperation in policy games (the maximization of the weighted sum of players’ preferences), which only approximates the Nash product solution. We find that it is difficult to implement corporatism, although it generally increases social welfare, since it often reduces the union’s utility. In particular, we show that an inflation-neutral union will never find it profitable to cooperate with the government, unless side-payments are considered. The study of this issue is however beyond the scope of this paper.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Macroeconomics with number 0504037.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 26 Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0504037

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Keywords: Employment; inflation; trade unions; government; corporatism; policy game; feasibility.;

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  1. Acocella, Nicola & Ciccarone, Giuseppe, 1997. " Trade Unions, Nonneutrality and Stagflation," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 91(2), pages 161-78, April.
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  1. Acocella, Nicola & Di Bartolomeo, Giovanni & Pauwels, Wilfried, 2007. "Is there any scope for corporatism in stabilization policies?," MPRA Paper 3584, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Lilia Cavallari, 2010. "Fiscal and monetary interactions when wage-setters are large: is there a role for corporatist policies?," Empirica, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 291-309, July.
  3. Nicola Acocella & Giovanni Di Bartolomeo & Patrizio Tirelli, 2004. "The macroeconomics of social pacts," Labor and Demography 0410003, EconWPA.
  4. Acocella, Nicola & Di Bartolomeo, Giovanni, 2007. "The Cost of Social Pacts," MPRA Paper 3585, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Nicola Acocella & Giovanni Bartolomeo & Wilfried Pauwels, 2010. "Is there any scope for corporatism in macroeconomic policies?," Empirica, Springer, vol. 37(4), pages 403-424, November.

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