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Lower coverage but stronger unions? Institutional changes and union wage premia in Central Europe

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  • Magda, Iga
  • Marsden, David
  • Moriconi, Simone

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In this paper we use the national samples from the European Structure of Earnings Survey (ESES) to analyze the evolution of the wage premium of firm- and industry-level agreements in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland (the CE3) around the time of their accession to the EU. We find that despite a generalized reduction in union coverage in these countries, the union wage premium after accession to the EU became bigger and statistically more significant for Poland and Hungary, particularly for industry-level agreements. We interpret these findings in terms of the institutional reforms that occurred in the CE3 between 2002 and 2006. These reforms, which were prompted by the EU Commission's requirements for EU accession, increased the social partners' ability to bargain and enforce wage agreements, and made industry-level unions more effective in guaranteeing the protections provided by labor standards. Results are less conclusive for th

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  • Magda, Iga & Marsden, David & Moriconi, Simone, 2015. "Lower coverage but stronger unions? Institutional changes and union wage premia in Central Europe," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 64613, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    1. Raul Ramos & Esteban Sanromá & Hipólito Simón, 2018. "Wage differentials by bargaining regime in Spain (2002-2014). An analysis using matched employer-employee data," Working Papers 2018/23, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
    2. Goraus-Tanska, Karolina & Lewandowski, Piotr, 2016. "Minimum Wage Violation in Central and Eastern Europe," IZA Discussion Papers 10098, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    institutional change; unions; wages;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies

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