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Unionisation, International Integration and Selection

Catia Montagna and Antonella Nocco ()

No 2011-58, SIRE Discussion Papers from Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)

Abstract: We study how unionisation affects competitive selection between heterogeneous firms when wage negotiations can occur at the firm or at the profit-centre level. With productivity specific wages, an increase in union power has: (i) a selection-softening; (ii) a counter-competitive; (iii) a wage-inequality; and (iv) a variety effect. In a two-country asymmetric setting, stronger unions soften competition for domestic firms and toughen it for exporters. With profit-centre bargaining, we show how trade liberalisation can affect wage inequality among identical workers both across firms (via its effects on competitive selection) and within firms (via wage discrimination across destination markets).

Keywords: fiÂ…rm selection; unionisation; wage inequality; trade liberalisation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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