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Wage Bargaining and Monopsony

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  • Torberg Falch

    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Bjarne Strøm

    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

This paper identifies three possible outcomes of higher relative firm bargaining power in a unionized firm facing an upward sloping labor supply curve. The conventional regime with reduced wage and higher employment corresponds to firm bargaining power below a certain critical value. A supply constrained regime where increased firm bargaining power reduces both wages and employment occurs when the bargaining power is above another critical level. A novel result is that we identify a third regime, with firm bargaining power between these critical levels, where changes in relative bargaining power does not affect wages and employment.

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  • Torberg Falch & Bjarne Strøm, 2004. "Wage Bargaining and Monopsony," Working Paper Series 4304, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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    Keywords

    Monopsony; Unions; Wage bargaining;
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    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining

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