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Undominated Wage Rates in a Unionized Overlapping Generations Economy

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  • Hans Jørgen Jacobsen

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Christian Schultz

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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An overlapping generations, macro model where consumers are divided into workers and capitalists is analysed. In each period the wage rate is negotiated between an employers' union and a trade union. Other prices adjust competitively. The solution concept used is cooperative, the wage rate chosen by unions should be undominated, i.e. there must not exist another wage rate leading to higher utilities for both workers and capitalists. The resulting one period equilibria, relative Pareto optima, RPO, and also stationary equilibria, stationary relative Pareto optima, SRPO are analysed. Results are that full employment (S)RPO always exist and in some economies unemployment (S)RPO also exist. Sufficient conditions for the latter to be the case are stated and the existence of economies fulfilling these conditions is demonstrated.

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  • Hans Jørgen Jacobsen & Christian Schultz, 1990. "Undominated Wage Rates in a Unionized Overlapping Generations Economy," Discussion Papers 90-12, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:9012
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    Keywords

    theory of aggregate supply; collective bargaining in the private sector; trade unions;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects

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