Pacts for Employment and Competitiveness as a Role Model? Their Effects on Firm Performance

43 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2015

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John T. Addison

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paulino Teixeira

Universidade de Coimbra - Faculdade de Economia; Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Katalin Evers

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Lutz Bellmann

Institute for Employment Research (IAB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract

Pacts for employment and competitiveness are an integral component of the ongoing process of decentralization of collective bargaining in Germany, a phenomenon that has been hailed as key to that nation's economic resurgence. Yet little is known about the effects of pacts on firm performance. The evidence largely pertains to employment and is decidedly mixed. The present paper investigates the association between pacts and a wider set of outcomes - wages, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, and survivability - in a RDD framework where the controls comprise establishments that negotiated over pacts but failed to reach agreement on their implementation. An extensive set of simulations are run to test for robustness of the key findings of the model. There is no evidence of pacts negatively impacting any of the selected measures of establishment performance. Indeed, the positive effects reported for wages, productivity, and innovation are sustained in simulations.

Keywords: firm performance, concession bargaining, opening clauses decentralization, pacts for employment and competitiveness, regression discontinuity design, Germany

JEL Classification: D22, J3, J41, J50, J53

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Teixeira, Paulino and Evers, Katalin and Bellmann, Lutz, Pacts for Employment and Competitiveness as a Role Model? Their Effects on Firm Performance. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9323. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2663754

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