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Centralized Bargaining, Multi-Tasking, and Work Incentives

  • Lindbeck, A
  • Snower, D-J

The paper examines the implications of an important aspect of the ongoing reorganization of work - the move from occupational specialization toward multi-tasking - for centralized wage bargaining. The analysis shows how, on account of this reorganization, centralized bargaining becomes increasingly inefficient and detrimental to firms' profit opportunities, since it prevents firms from offering their employees adequate incentives to perform the appropirate mix of tasks.

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Paper provided by Stockholm - International Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 620.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:620
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