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The 2011 Industrial Relations Reform and Nominal Wage Adjustments in Greece

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  • Joan Daouli

    () (University of Patras)

  • Michael Demoussis

    () (University of Patras)

  • Nicholas Giannakopoulos

    () (University of Patras)

  • Ioannis Laliotis

    () (University of Surrey)

Abstract

This study investigates nominal contractual base-wage adjustments in Greece associated with the 2011 industrial relations reform which re-defined the limits within which base wages could oscillate and allowed workers’ associations to negotiate for wages at the firm level. The assessment covers the period 2010–2013 and is based on information extracted from the universe of firm-level contracts signed in this period. We found that firm-level contracts increased dramatically shortly after the reform, now covering a larger pool of workers, especially in larger firms, and are associated with higher base-wage reductions in the post-reform period. At the firm level, wage reductions are higher when workers are represented by a workers’ association rather than a typical trade union. In addition, a heterogeneous effect is uncovered regarding the factors that shape base-wage adjustments (firm size, profitability, structure of bargaining body and aggregate unemployment) between new and traditional forms of workers’ representation in collective bargaining.

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  • Joan Daouli & Michael Demoussis & Nicholas Giannakopoulos & Ioannis Laliotis, 2016. "The 2011 Industrial Relations Reform and Nominal Wage Adjustments in Greece," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 37(4), pages 460-483, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jlabre:v:37:y:2016:i:4:d:10.1007_s12122-016-9232-5
    DOI: 10.1007/s12122-016-9232-5
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    1. Paraskevi K. Salamaliki, 2017. "Births, Marriages, and the Economic Environment in Greece: Empirical Evidence Over Time," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 38(2), pages 218-237, June.
    2. Giannakopoulos, Nicholas & Laliotis, Ioannis, 2017. "Decentralized Bargaining and the Greek Labour Relations Reform (Law 4024/2011)," MPRA Paper 76513, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Wages; Collective bargaining; Reform; Greece;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • J52 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Dispute Resolution: Strikes, Arbitration, and Mediation

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