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Change and Persistence in the German Model of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation

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  • John T. Addison
  • Alex Bryson
  • André Pahnke
  • Paulino Teixeira

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This paper depicts and examines the decline in collective bargaining coverage in Germany. Using repeat cross-section and longitudinal data from the IAB Establishment Panel, we show the overwhelming importance of behavioral as opposed to compositional change and, for the first time, document workplace transitions into and out of collective agreeements via survival analysis. We provide estimates of the median duration of coverage, and report that the factors generating entry and exit are distinct and symmetric.

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  • John T. Addison & Alex Bryson & André Pahnke & Paulino Teixeira, 2011. "Change and Persistence in the German Model of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation," CEP Discussion Papers dp1099, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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    1. Antoni, Manfred & Heineck, Guido, 2012. "Do literacy and numeracy pay off? On the relationship between basic skills and earnings," BERG Working Paper Series 86, Bamberg University, Bamberg Economic Research Group.

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    Keywords

    Sectoral and firm agreements; changes in collective bargaining/works council coverage; shift-share analysis; bargaining transitions; survivability;

    JEL classification:

    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence

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