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Tarifbindung und betriebliche Interessenvertretung: Ergebnisse aus dem IAB-Betriebspanel 2013


  • Ellguth, Peter
  • Kohaut, Susanne


In this paper we present the dispersion of collective bargaining agreements according to firm size and industries using the latest data of the IAB establishment panel. In 2013 about 52 % of the workforce in West and 35 % in East Germany were employed in firms that are bound to collective agreements. From the beginning of the data collection in 1996 up to the present day, coverage has been distinctly declining, although less pronounced in recent years. Closer attention is paid to those establishments that pay wages above the collectively agreed level. Looking at co-determination at the plant level, we find that coverage by works councils has hardly changed since 2012 with 43 % of the workforce in the private sector of West Germany and 35 % in East Germany. However, in the long run a distinct downward movement is also apparent here. Examining both levels of employee participation together, we mainly address the extensive gaps of co-determination on the shop-floor (“betriebliche Vertretungslücken”), as well as completely blank spots with no collective agreement.

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  • Ellguth, Peter & Kohaut, Susanne, 2014. "Tarifbindung und betriebliche Interessenvertretung: Ergebnisse aus dem IAB-Betriebspanel 2013," WSI-Mitteilungen, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, vol. 67(4), pages 286-295.
  • Handle: RePEc:nms:wsimit:10.5771/0342-300x-2014-4-286
    DOI: 10.5771/0342-300X-2014-4-286

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    1. Florian Baumann & Tobias Brändle, 2015. "We Want them all Covered! Collective Bargaining and Firm Heterogeneity. Theory and Evidence from Germany," IAW Discussion Papers 114, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW).
    2. Tobias Brändle & Laszlo Goerke, 2018. "The one constant: a causal effect of collective bargaining on employment growth? Evidence from German linked‐employer‐employee data," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 65(5), pages 445-478, November.
    3. Ruoff, Bea., 2016. "Labour market developments in Germany : tales of decency and stability," ILO Working Papers 994899913402676, International Labour Organization.

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