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Collective bargaining and poverty: a cross-national perspective

  • François Rycx
  • Robert Plasman

A large and increasing number of studies examine the influence of collective bargaining systems on wage dispersion, but very few analyse their influence on poverty levels. Yet it would be a mistake to assume that the relationship between wage dispersion and poverty rates is straightforward: the evidence shows that in most industrialized countries, poverty is not primarily a problem of the working poor. This article addresses explicitly the relationship between collective bargaining systems and relative poverty rates in OECD countries. Empirical findings suggest that industrial relations systems have a significant impact upon poverty, not through any direct effect on wage dispersion, but from their relative impact on government spending on social security.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/795.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Publication status: Published in: European Journal of Industrial Relations (2001) v.7 n° 2,p.175-202
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/795
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