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Unions and the Coordination Problem in an Integrated Economy

  • Domenico Buccella


    (University of Siena, Italy; University of Graz, Austria)

This work represents an extension of the model presented by Olivier Blanchard in occasion of the Lionel Robbins' Letures (2000) given M.I.T. It analyzes the transnational cooperative behavior of trade unions in a two symmetric country-model with monopolistic competition firms present in the two markets under the possibility to shift production (i.e. through an increase in investments). In the case of technological shocks, firms are able to capture the advantage in wage differentials between the two countries. The country facing the shock has a loss in employment. If transaction costs are present, unions face a classical Prisoner's Dilemma where the Nash equilibrium of the game is no cooperation, but this result is not Pareto-efficient.

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Article provided by Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies in its journal Baltic Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 7 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 19-33

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Handle: RePEc:bic:journl:v:7:y:2007:i:1:p:19-33
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