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Green Trade Unions: Structure, Wages and Environmental Technology

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  • Elias Asproudis
  • Maria Gil-Moltó

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This paper investigates the effect of trade union structure on firms’ technological choices when unions care about environmental protection. We compare a decentralized with a centralized union structure in a Cournot duopoly. Our results suggest that a decentralized structure provides higher incentives for the investment in cleaner technologies, although emissions may be lower under a centralized structure. The effect of the environmental damage parameter on wages and output may be non-monotonic. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Elias Asproudis & Maria Gil-Moltó, 2015. "Green Trade Unions: Structure, Wages and Environmental Technology," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 60(2), pages 165-189, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:60:y:2015:i:2:p:165-189
    DOI: 10.1007/s10640-014-9768-x
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    Keywords

    Trade union structure; Environmental concerns; Emissions; Technology; Wages; Employment; J51; L13; Q5; O31;
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    JEL classification:

    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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