Revisiting the Impact of Union Structures on Wages: Integrating Different Dimensions of Centralization

24 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2005

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Nicole Gürtzgen

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract

In a framework of a unionized oligopoly, this paper reconsiders the impact of the bargaining structure on union wages. In particular, two dimensions along which centralization may occur, namely the professional and firm line, are integrated into one modelling framework. It will be shown that, when taking into account different centralization dimensions, wage outcomes of different bargaining regimes cannot simply be ranked according to the degree of bargaining centralization. The argument will be that negotiated wages rather depend on the technical relationship between different groups of labour and goods as well as upon the dimension along which centralization takes place.

Suggested Citation

Guertzgen, Nicole, Revisiting the Impact of Union Structures on Wages: Integrating Different Dimensions of Centralization. Labour, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 519-542, December 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1121-7081.2003.00251.x

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