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Wages, Fringe Benefits and Efficiency in Union-Firm Bargaining

  • Elie Appelbaum

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    (York University, Canada)

This paper provides an efficient union-firm bargaining solution within the right to manage framework, by separating efficiency and distribution considerations through bargaining over wage and fringe benefits. We show that without insurance considerations, efficiency is achieved by equating the wage and workers’ opportunity cost and providing the union with a surplus share in accordance with its bargaining power. We also show that with insurance considerations, the optimal contract, again, equates the wage and workers’ opportunity cost, but it also provides full insurance. There is empirical evidence that fringe benefits are, indeed, common and play an important role in union contracts.

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Paper provided by York University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2008_04.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:yca:wpaper:2008_04
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