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Training Provision by Firms and the Scope of Collective Bargaining: An Empirical Analysis Using a Large Firms Panel from Spain

Miguel Malo () and Nuria Sánchez
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Nuria Sánchez: Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

Cuadernos de Economía - Spanish Journal of Economics and Finance, 2008, vol. 31, issue 87, 061-084

Abstract: In this article we analyse how labour market imperfections affect training hours using a firms panel from Spain. In fact, we use the scope of collective bargaining as a proxy for the relative strength of organized labour because of the Spanish institutional framework. We find a clear and relevant positive effect of collective agreements at the firm level on training, measured as hours lost from work and devoted to training. As this type of collective agreements is also associated with higher wage compression we interpret this result as supporting the Acemoglu-Pischke model on training in imperfectly competitive labour markets.

Keywords: unions; firm-level agreements; wage compression; imperfectly competitive labour markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J23 J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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