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Exchange rates and wages in unionised labour markets


  • Paulo Bastos
  • Peter Wright


We investigate the impact of exchange rate movements on wage determination in unionised labour markets. Using a simple model of international oligopoly, we show that organised labour has a rational incentive to accept lower wages in the face of a currency appreciation. This proposition is examined empirically using a matched worker-firm dataset for Portugal. We find results consistent with the predictions of the model, though the impact varies considerably with both worker characteristics and the regional unemployment rate.

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  • Paulo Bastos & Peter Wright, "undated". "Exchange rates and wages in unionised labour markets," Discussion Papers 10/15, University of Nottingham, GEP.
  • Handle: RePEc:not:notgep:10/15

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    1. Paulo Bastos & Joana Silva & Rafael Proença, 2016. "Exports and Job Training," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(4), pages 737-756, September.
    2. Bastos,Paulo S. R. & Bottan,Nicolas Luis, 2016. "Resource rents, coercion, and local development : evidence from post-apartheid South Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7572, The World Bank.


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