How Trade Unions Increase Welfare
Alejandro Donado and
Klaus Wälde ()
No 1010, Working Papers from Gutenberg School of Management and Economics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Historically, worker movements have played a crucial role in making workplaces safer. Firms traditionally oppose better health standards. According to our in- terpretation, workplace safety is costly for firms but increases average health of workers and thereby aggregate labour supply. A laissez-faire approach in which firms set safety standards is suboptimal as workers are not fully informed of health risks associated with jobs. Safety standards set by better-informed trade unions are output and welfare increasing.
Keywords: occupational health and safety; trade unions; welfare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J51 J81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2010-08-19, Revised 2010-08-19
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