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Unions and Innovation: New Insights From the Cross-Country Evidence

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  • Hristos Doucouliagos
  • Patrice Laroche

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We apply meta‐regression analysis to the extant econometric studies and find that unions depress investment in innovation at the firm and industry level in all countries considered. However, this adverse effect has been declining over time and is moderated by country differences in industrial relations and regulations: The adverse effect appears to increase with labor market flexibility.
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  • Hristos Doucouliagos & Patrice Laroche, 2013. "Unions and Innovation: New Insights From the Cross-Country Evidence," Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(2), pages 467-491, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:indres:v:52:y:2013:i:2:p:467-491
    DOI: 10.1111/irel.12020
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