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Optimal Intervention in an Economy with Trade Unions

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  • Oswald, Andrew J

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

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The paper studies the theory of optimal intervention in an economy with trade unions. It is shown that the traditional remedy, a flat employment subsidy in the union sector, cannot produce a first-best welfare optimum. But non-linear wage and employment subsidies can generate a full social optimum, and the paper examines their optimal structure. One appealing form turns out to be a wage subsidy schedule which is an increasing and concave function on union employment. Employment subsidy schedules and statutory wages policy are also discussed.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 221.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 1982
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Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:221

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  1. Kouretas, Georgios P. & Yannopoulos, Andreas, 2006. "Dynamic modelling of trade union behaviour: Evidence from the Greek manufacturing sector," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 316-338, March.
  2. Rupayan Pal, 2011. "Union-Firm Bargaining Under Alternative Pay Schemes: Does Performance Related Pay Fair Better?," Working Papers id:3803, eSocialSciences.

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