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The Effects of Union Wage-Settings on Firms’ Production Factor Decisions

  • Heshmati, Almas


    (Jönköping University, Sogang University)

  • Haouas, Ilham


    (Abu Dhabi University)

This study is concerned with the development of a theoretical model and its empirical application to the estimation of the interaction between firms and trade union in determining wages and employment. The focus is on analyzing the effects of unions’ demands on the firm’s choice of factors of production. In a two-step process the union and firm determine wages and capital stock, conditional on which the firm decides on production factors of employment, working hours and capital operating time. We suggest the use of a panel data approach applied to manufacturing data. A dynamic model is specified in which the optimal levels of the variables of interest and the speed of their adjustments are modeled in terms of observable policy variables.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 689.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2003
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Publication status: published in: Applied Economics Letters, 2004, 11 (7), 415-420
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp689
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