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Is Unemployment Always Higher when Insiders Decide?

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  • Filges, Trine

    () (Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Larsen, Birthe

    () (Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Aarhus School of Business)

Abstract

This paper challenges the traditional view that unemployment is high because insiders determine the union wage. The insiders in this paper are characterized by being more efficient when they search for a job than the outsiders, implying that they experience relatively less unemployment. We assume that wages are determined by a monopoly union and further that a union leader is elected by a majority voting rule. Insiders may prefer a lower wage than outsiders, implying the possibility of lower unemployment when insiders are decisive in the union than if outsiders were decisive in the union.

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  • Filges, Trine & Larsen, Birthe, 2000. "Is Unemployment Always Higher when Insiders Decide?," CLS Working Papers 00-2, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:aarcls:2000_002
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    Keywords

    Insiders and outsiders; Search; Uemployment;

    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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