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Collective bargaining, firm heterogeneity and unemployment

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  • Juan F. Jimeno

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  • Carlos Thomas

    () (Banco de España)

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We compare labor market outcomes under firm-level and sector-level bargaining in a one-sector Mortensen-Pissarides economy with firm-specific productivity shocks. Our main theoretical results are twofold. First, unemployment is lower under firm-level bargaining Second, introducing efficient opting-out of sector-level agreements suffices to bring unemployment down to its level under decentralized bargaining. For an archetypical contintental European calibration, we find that the unemployment rate is about 5 percentage points lower under firm-level bargaining or efficient opting out than under sector-level bargaining.

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  • Juan F. Jimeno & Carlos Thomas, 2011. "Collective bargaining, firm heterogeneity and unemployment," Working Papers 1131, Banco de España;Working Papers Homepage.
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    Keywords

    Collective bargaining; firm-specific shocks; wage compression; unemployment;

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    • E10 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - General
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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