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A Reverse Holdup Problem: When workers’ lack of bargaining power slows economic adjustments

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  • Estache, Antonio
  • Foucart, Renaud

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In a model of horizontal matching on the labor market, we show that increasing workers’ bargaining power may increase some employers’ incentive to switch to new production activities. In particular, this could lead to (i) higher wages, (ii) more jobs, (iii) better jobs and (iv) higher profits. Paradoxically, the median voter may object to the economic adjustments because search costs could cut the surplus for a majority of workers, even when it creates jobs for the other ones and increases aggregate surplus.

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  • Estache, Antonio & Foucart, Renaud, 2013. "A Reverse Holdup Problem: When workers’ lack of bargaining power slows economic adjustments," CEPR Discussion Papers 9475, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:9475
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    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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