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Research on Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Germany: The Contribution of Labor Economics

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This chapter provides a survey of econometric studies on trade unions and collective bargaining in Germany. Traditionally, these studies have examined the determinants of trade union membership and collective bargaining coverage. Recent research has a strong focus on the implications of collective bargaining for wages, flexibility and the performance of firms. Specific attention is paid to opening clauses and company-level pacts for employment and competitiveness.

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  • Uwe Jirjahn, 2015. "Research on Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Germany: The Contribution of Labor Economics," Research Papers in Economics 2015-10, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
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