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Profit-sharing, bertrand competition and monopoly unions : a note

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  • Dhillon, Amrita
  • Petrakis, Emmanuel

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This paper studies a strategic aspect of profit-sharing in an oligopolistic industry with a monopoly union. Whenever a uniform profit share exists in the industry, we show that a union that values the per worker remuneration positively, may have incentives to reduce industry employment, decreasing thus total output and causing total profits to increase. Thus, we show that profit-sharing may lead to higher profits for such an industry even if productivity effects are absent.

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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 612.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:612

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