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Collective bargaining structure and its determinants : an empirical analysis with British and German establishment data

  • Schnabel, Claus
  • Zagelmeyer, Stefan
  • Kohaut, Susanne

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    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany])

"Using two nationally representative establishment data sets, this paper investigates collective bargaining coverage and firms' choice of governance structures for the employment relationship in Britain and in (western and eastern) Germany. Both countries have experienced a substantial decline in collective bargaining coverage in the last decades. While bargaining coverage is generally lower in Britain, single-employer bargaining is relatively more important in Britain, whereas multi-employer collective bargaining clearly dominates in Germany. Econometric analyses show that more or less the same set of variables play a statistically significant role in explaining the structure of collective bargaining in both countries. These include establishment size, establishment age, foreign ownership, public sector affiliation and being a branch plant." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 09 Aug 2005
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Publication status: published in: European Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 12, No. 2 (2006), p. 165-188
Handle: RePEc:iab:iabdpa:200516
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  1. Stephen Machin, 2000. "Union decline in Britain," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20191, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  2. Moene, K.O. & Wallerstein, M. & Hoel, M., 1992. "Bargaining Structure and Economic Performance," Memorandum 10/1992, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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