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Wage Bargaining Regimes and Firms' Adjustments to the Great Recession

Maddalena Ronchi and Filippo di Mauro ()

No 1/2017, IWH-CompNet Discussion Papers from Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)

Abstract: The paper aims at investigating to what extent wage negotiation set-ups have shaped up firms’ response to the Great Recession, taking a firm-level cross-country perspective. We contribute to the literature by building a new micro-distributed database which merges data related to wage bargaining institutions (Wage Dynamic Network, WDN) with data on firm productivity and other relevant firm characteristics (CompNet). We use the database to study how firms reacted to the Great Recession in terms of variation in profits, wages, and employment. The paper shows that, in line with the theoretical predictions, centralized bargaining systems – as opposed to decentralized/firm level based ones – were accompanied by stronger downward wage rigidity, as well as cuts in employment and profits.

Keywords: productivity; wage bargaining; firm level analysis; global financial crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 D61 J30 J50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-dcm, nep-eur and nep-lab
Date: 2017
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