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The State of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation in Germany: The Erosion Continues

  • Addison, John T.


    (University of South Carolina)

  • Bryson, Alex


    (Institute of Education, University of London)

  • Teixeira, Paulino


    (University of Coimbra)

  • Pahnke, André


    (IfM Bonn)

  • Bellmann, Lutz


    (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg)

This paper investigates trends in collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany from 2000 to 2008. It seeks to update and widen earlier analyses pointing to a decline in collective bargaining, while providing more information on the dual system as a whole. Using data from the IAB Employment Panel and the German Employment Register, we report evidence of a systematic and continuing erosion of the dual system. Not unnaturally the decline is led by developments in western Germany. Arguably, the path of erosion will continue until rough and ready convergence is reached with eastern Germany. Expressed differently, if the process of decentralization underpinning these developments once was ‘regulated’ it no longer appears to be so.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5030.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5030
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  1. John T. Addison & Lutz Bellman & Alex Bryson & André Pahnke & Paulino Teixeira, 2009. "The Extent of Collective Bargaining and Workplace Representation: Transitions between States and their Determinants. A Comparative Analysis of Germany and Great Britain," CEP Discussion Papers dp0954, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  2. Addison, John T. & Schnabel, Claus & Wagner, Joachim, 2006. "The (Parlous) State of German Unions," IZA Discussion Papers 2000, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Kohaut, Susanne & Schnabel, Claus, 2006. "Tarifliche Öffnungsklauseln : Verbreitung, Inanspruchnahme und Bedeutung," Discussion Papers 41, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  4. Susanne Kohaut & Claus Schnabel, 2003. "Tarifverträge - nein danke!?, Ausmaß und Einflussfaktoren der Tarifbindung west- und ostdeutscher Betriebe," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 223(3), pages 312-331, May.
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