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Is the Erosion Thesis Overblown? Alignment from Without in Germany

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  • John T. Addison

    () (Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, U.S.A.; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy)

  • Paulino Teixeira

    () (University of Coimbra and GEMF, Portugal)

  • Katalin Evers

    () (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Germany)

  • Lutz Bellmann

    () (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Germany)

Abstract

It is sometimes alleged that collective bargaining coverage in Germany is understated because uncovered firms ‘orient’ themselves toward sectoral agreements. In fact, although orientation has grown as sectoral bargaining has declined, their joint frequency has fallen. Further, where orientation occurs at firms that leave a sectoral agreement, it provides only partial compensation. But the small deficits involved, in conjunction with some indirect evidence on joiners, suggest modest attenuation of the undoubted decline in collective bargaining.

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  • John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira & Katalin Evers & Lutz Bellmann, 2015. "Is the Erosion Thesis Overblown? Alignment from Without in Germany," Working Paper series 15-06, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
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    1. Addison, John T. & Teixeira, Paulino & Evers, Katalin & Bellmann, Lutz, 2015. "Pacts for Employment and Competitiveness as a Role Model? Their Effects on Firm Performance," IZA Discussion Papers 9323, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Fitzenberger Bernd & Sommerfeld Katrin, 2016. "A Sequential Decomposition of the Drop in Collective Bargaining Coverage," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 236(1), pages 37-69, February.
    3. John T. Addison, 2016. "Collective bargaining systems and macroeconomic and microeconomic flexibility: the quest for appropriate institutional forms in advanced economies," IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-53, December.
    4. Oberfichtner, Michael & Schnabel, Claus, 2017. "The German Model of Industrial Relations: (Where) Does It Still Exist?," IZA Discussion Papers 11064, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    5. repec:bla:indres:v:56:y:2017:i:1:p:73-121 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Oberfichtner, Michael & Schnabel, Claus, 2017. "The German model of industrial relations: (Where) does it still exist?," FAU Discussion Papers in Economics 20/2017, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute for Economics.
    7. repec:spr:qualqt:v:52:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s11135-017-0495-6 is not listed on IDEAS

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