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Pattern Bargaining and Wage Leadership in Austria


  • Wolfgang Pollan



Several contributions to the economic literature on industrial relations claim that wage bargaining in Austria is characterised by pattern bargaining or wage leadership: A certain bargaining unit, such as the metal workers, sets the going rate for the rest of the economy. If the wage leader takes the macroeconomic effects of high wage settlements into account, the outcome, namely wage moderation and small wage disparity, may be much the same as in a centralised procedure, where the peak union and employer organisations control wage bargaining.

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  • Wolfgang Pollan, 2004. "Pattern Bargaining and Wage Leadership in Austria," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 77(3), pages 197-211, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:monber:y:2004:i:3:p:197-211

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    1. Franz Traxler, 2005. ""Pattern Bargaining" als analytisches und empirisches Problem der Lohnpolitik," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 31(2), pages 171-195.
    2. Bernd Brandl & Franz Traxler, 2008. "Das System der Lohnführerschaft in Österreich: Eine Analyse der empirischen Relevanz," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 34(1), pages 9-31.


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