The Role of Profit Sharing in Dual Labour Markets with Flexible Outsourcing

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Jan König

Free University of Berlin (FUB)

Erkki Koskela

University of Helsinki - Department of Political and Economic Studies; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Bank of Finland - Research Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: December 2013

Abstract

We combine profit sharing for high‐skilled workers and outsourcing of low‐skilled tasks in a partly imperfect dual domestic labour market, which means that only low‐skilled labour is represented by a labour union. In that framework we analyse how the implementation of profit sharing for high‐skilled workers influences the amount of outsourcing and the labour market outcome for low‐skilled worker. By doing this, we use some specific assumptions, e.g. exponentially increasing outsourcing costs or the wage for low‐skilled workers will be determined by a union whereas the wage for high‐skilled workers is given. Assuming that low‐skilled labour and outsourcing are interchangeable we show that profit sharing has a positive effect on the wage for low‐skilled workers and helps to decrease wage dispersion. However, under these circumstances, profit sharing enhances outsourcing. Concerning the employment effects for high‐ and low‐skilled workers, we show that there is an employment reducing effect due to higher wages for low‐skilled work, which can be offset by higher productivity of highly skilled workers, as the domestic labour inputs complement each other.

JEL Classification: J31, J33, J51

Suggested Citation

König, Jan and Koskela, Erkki, The Role of Profit Sharing in Dual Labour Markets with Flexible Outsourcing (December 2013). LABOUR, Vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 351-370, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351064 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/labr.12018

Jan König

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