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Union-Firm Bargaining and the Influence of Product Market Power and Production Technology on Systematic Risk

Jacques Bughin

Management Science, 1995, vol. 41, issue 8, 1267-1278

Abstract: The relationship between the CAPM firm beta and the firm's microeconomic decisions is studied by a model under uncertainty, which combines the feature of an ex ante "inputs substituable" production technology and the existence of a union which bargains over various economic dimensions of the firm. It is shown that the earlier findings of a relationship between the firm beta, the firm product market power, and the labor-capital ratio may be reinforced through the indirect channel of labor market bargaining, but the relationship becomes more complex, and heavily depends on the scope of the union-firm bargaining process. This yields the empirical prediction, confirmed for a panel of Belgian firms, that any proper estimation of the determinants of firm beta, must control for firms in the sample being unionized.

Keywords: union-firm bargaining; CAPM; imperfect competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1995
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