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Wage Bargaining and Employer Objectives

  • Torberg Falch

This paper compares union wage bargaining outcomes across different types of employers. Five different employer objectives are discussed: profit, welfare and output maximization, and two specifications of a Leviathan. The model shows that the ordering of the union wage level across employer types depends on the functional form of product demand. With constant elasticity of product demand wage tends to be lowest in the output maximization case, while with a linear product demand wage tends to be lowest under welfare maximization. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester, 2004.

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Volume (Year): 72 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (07)
Pages: 515-534

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