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Collective Bargaining through the Magnifying Glass: A Comparison between the Netherlands and Portugal

Alexander Hijzen (), Pedro Martins and Jante Parlevliet ()

No 11113, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper contributes to a deeper understanding of sector-level bargaining systems and their role for labour market performance. We compare two countries with seemingly similar collective bargaining systems, the Netherlands and Portugal, and document a number of features that may affect labour market outcomes, including: i) the scope for flexibility at the firm or worker level within sector-level agreements; ii) the emphasis on representativeness as a criterion for extensions; iii) the effectiveness of coordination across bargaining units; and iv) pro-active government policies to enhance trust and cooperation between the social partners.

Keywords: social dialogue; industrial relations; employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J5 P52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2017-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-eur and nep-lab
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Published as 'Frontal assault versus incremental change: A comparison of collective bargaining in Portugal and the Netherlands' in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2019/0008

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