The Impact of Wage-Setting Institutions on the Incidence of Public Employment in the OECD: 1960-1998

26 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Lawrence M. Kahn

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Using data on seventeen Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries for 19601998, this paper studies the impact of unions on public employment incidence, using macro- and microdata. Macrodata show that greater coverage by centralized collective bargaining institutions raises the public employment share, controlling for country effects and country-specific trends. Microdata show that this effect is more positive for outsiders: women, and younger and older men. Thus, government jobs may in effect partially counteract the employment problems these groups face in highly unionized societies.

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Lawrence M., The Impact of Wage-Setting Institutions on the Incidence of Public Employment in the OECD: 1960-1998. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 47, Issue 3, pp. 329-354, July 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136488 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2008.00524.x

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