Collective Bargaining and the Interindustry Wage Structure: International Evidence

Economica

Posted: 7 Jan 1998

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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

This paper studies collective bargaining and industry wage levels using microdata and quantile regression techniques for the U.S., Britain, West Germany, Austria, Sweden and Norway for the 1980s. The U.S. has higher industry wage differentials and union wage effects than other countries, with particularly large impacts at the bottom of the distribution. I find that European wage structures are more compressed at the bottom for both non-union and union workers relative to the U.S., with larger differences for non-union workers. These findings suggest more coordination, contract extension and spillover to non-union workers, and more binding industry wage floors outside the U.S.

JEL Classification: J31, J51

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Lawrence M., Collective Bargaining and the Interindustry Wage Structure: International Evidence. Economica. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=49540

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