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Labour Market Imperfections, International Integration and Selection

  • Catia Montagna
  • Antonella Nocco

Although a large body of literature has focused on the effects of intra-firm differences on export performance, relatively little attention has been devoted to the interaction between firms' selection and international performance and labour market institutions - in contrast with the centrality of the latter to current policy and public debates on the implications of economic globalisation for national policies and institutions. In this paper, we study the effects of labour market unionisation on the process of competitive selection between heterogeneous firms and analyse how the interaction between the two is affected by trade liberalisation between countries with different unionisation patterns.

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Paper provided by Economic Studies, University of Dundee in its series Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics with number 212.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:dun:dpaper:212
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