IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/h/ail/chapts/04-03.html
   My bibliography  Save this book chapter

Organized Labour and Restructuring: Coal Mines in the Czech Republic and Romania

In: The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargement. A New Regional Geography of Europe?

Author

Listed:
  • Jan Bruha

    (Economic Institute, Prague)

  • Delia Ionascu

    (University of Copenhagen)

  • Byeongju Jeong

    (Economic Institute, Prague)

Abstract

We examine the role of organized labour in the restructuring experience of two coal-mining regions in the 1990s. Under similar external circumstances, the Czech Republic’s Ostrava region underwent gradual restructuring from early on whereas Romania’s Jiu Valley region went through no restructuring until 1997 followed by massive layoffs over two years. We conduct a quantitative exercise that accounts for mine productivity, labour market conditions and the constraints in compensating laid-off miners. We show that the Jiu Valley’s delay in restructuring was inefficient. Gradual restructuring with compensation would have benefited both the miners and the government. The proximate reason for the delay was the Jiu Valley miners’ action against restructuring. We discuss what motivated their action and why it was effective.

Suggested Citation

  • Jan Bruha & Delia Ionascu & Byeongju Jeong, 2010. "Organized Labour and Restructuring: Coal Mines in the Czech Republic and Romania," AIEL Series in Labour Economics,in: Floro Ernesto Caroleo & Francesco Pastore (ed.), The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargement. A New Regional Geography of Europe?, edition 1, chapter 3, pages 49-72 AIEL - Associazione Italiana Economisti del Lavoro.
  • Handle: RePEc:ail:chapts:04-03
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-7908-2164-2_3
    Download Restriction: external link

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version below or search for a different version of it.

    Other versions of this item:

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Acemoglu, Daron & Robinson, James A., 2001. "Inefficient Redistribution," American Political Science Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 95(03), pages 649-661, September.
    2. Stephen L. Parente & Edward C. Prescott, 2002. "Barriers to Riches," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262661306, March.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    Keywords

    Organized Labour; Restructuring; Coal; Turnover; Transition; Welfare.;

    JEL classification:

    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ail:chapts:04-03. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Lia Ambrosio). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/aiellea.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.