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Collective Agreement Status and Survivability: Change and Persistence in the German Model

  • John T. Addison

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    (University of South Carolina and GEMF)

  • Paulino Teixeira

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    (University of Coimbra and GEMF)

  • Alex Bryson

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research and CEP)

  • André Pahnke

    (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung)

This paper assesses the decline in collective bargaining coverage in Germany. Using repeat cross-section and longitudinal data from the IAB Establishment Panel, it indicates the overwhelming importance of behavioral as opposed to compositional change in this process. Further, in the first use of survival analysis for the purpose, it also charts workplace transitions into and out of collective bargaining. In addition to providing new estimates of the median duration of coverage, the paper reports on the factors generating entry into and exit from collective bargaining. These influences are found to be distinct but symmetric.

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Paper provided by GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra in its series GEMF Working Papers with number 2011-15.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2011
Date of revision: Apr 2013
Publication status: Published in LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 27(3): 288-309, 2013.
Handle: RePEc:gmf:wpaper:2011-15
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  1. Addison, John T. & Belfield, Clive R., 2002. "Unions and Establishment Performance: Evidence from the British Workplace Industrial/Employee Relations Surveys," IZA Discussion Papers 455, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  7. Gabriele Fischer & Florian Janik & Dana Müller & Alexandra Schmucker, 2009. "European Data Watch: The IAB Establishment Panel - Things Users Should Know," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 129(1), pages 133-148.
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