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Diffusion and outlook of firm-level bargaining in Italy

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  • Francesco D'Amuri

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  • Cristina Giorgiantonio

    () (Bank of Italy)

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The article surveys the main actions, either defined by social partners or by government intervention, which have attempted to encourage firm-level bargaining decentralization in recent years. The overall structure and the relative importance of different levels of bargaining have not however been modified by the many innovations introduced. Empirical evidence shows that firm-level bargaining has been associated with innovative managerial practices, but also that a significant share of firms would be willing to sign contracts that would grant higher wages or preserve occupational levels in order to obtain higher flexibility in the use of the workforce. Uncertainty in the application of laws and contracts can make it harder to reach such deals.

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  • Francesco D'Amuri & Cristina Giorgiantonio, 2014. "Diffusion and outlook of firm-level bargaining in Italy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 221, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    Keywords

    industrial relations; labour law; wage structure;

    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
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence

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