Stakeholders, Bargaining and Strikes
41 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2001
Date Written: November 2001
We study bilateral bargaining problems with interested third parties, the stakeholders that enjoy benefits upon a bilateral agreement. We explore the strategic implications of this third party involvement. Our main finding is that the potential willingness of the stakeholder to make contributions to promote agreement may be the source of severe inefficiency. However, and more surprisingly, for a wide range of parameter values this outcome is better for the stakeholder than if he enters bargaining directly. Our results lend support to the tendency towards decentralization of pay bargaining in the public sector in Europe.
Keywords: Bargaining, Public Sector, Stakeholders, Strikes, Labor Relations
JEL Classification: C78
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