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Prior Restrictions on Bargaining Contract Curves

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  • Jan K. Brueckner

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It is well-known that the efficient-bargain model imposes no general restrictions on the slope of the contract curve. As a result, both upward- and downward-sloping curves are consistent with the theory. Less is known, however, about the effect on the contract curve of changes in the demand and supply variables that underlie employer and union indifference maps and help determine curve's position. To aid empirical researchers, this paper analyzes the effects of demand and supply variables on the position of the contract curve and states the minimal prior restrictions that can be placed on these effects.

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  • Jan K. Brueckner, 2001. "Prior Restrictions on Bargaining Contract Curves," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 10(1), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-01j50001
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    Cited by:

    1. Nicholas Lawson, 2011. "Is Collective Bargaining Pareto Efficient? A Survey of the Literature," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 32(3), pages 282-304, September.
    2. Köllő, János, 2010. "Vállalati reakciók a gazdasági válságra, 2008-2009
      [Corporate reactions to the economic crisis, 2008-9]
      ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(12), pages 1045-1064.
    3. Karoly Fazekas & Gyorgy Molnar (ed.), 2011. "The Hungarian Labour Market 2011," The Hungarian Labour Market Yearbooks, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, number 2011, December.
    4. János Köllo, 2011. "Hungary: Crisis Coupled with a Fiscal Squeeze – Effects on Inequality," Chapters,in: Work Inequalities in the Crisis, chapter 7 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    contract curve;

    JEL classification:

    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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