How trade unions increase welfare
Historically, worker movements have played a crucial role in making workplaces safer. Firms traditionally oppose better health standards. According to our in- terpretation, workplace safety is costly for firms but increases average health of workers and thereby aggregate labour supply. A laissez-faire approach in which firms set safety standards is suboptimal as workers are not fully informed of health risks associated with jobs. Safety standards set by better-informed trade unions are output and welfare increasing.
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Volume (Year): 122 (2012)
Issue (Month): 563 (09)
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