Has International Trade Affected Workers' Bargaining Power?

Review of World Economics, Vol. 142, No. 2, pp. 233-266, July 2006

Posted: 27 Jul 2006

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Ellen Brock

KU Leuven - Center for Economic Studies

Sabien Dobbelaere

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate whether globalization has affected workers' bargaining power in the Belgian manufacturing industry over the period 1987-1995 using a sample of more than 20,000 firms. We find little evidence of international trade and inward foreign direct investment having an impact on the workers' bargaining power. We find some evidence that technological change has a positive impact on the workers' bargaining power.

Keywords: Rent sharing, international trade, instrumental variables, panel data

JEL Classification: C23, D21, F16, F23, J50, L13

Suggested Citation

Brock, Ellen and Dobbelaere, Sabien, Has International Trade Affected Workers' Bargaining Power?. Review of World Economics, Vol. 142, No. 2, pp. 233-266, July 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=920456

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Sabien Dobbelaere

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Tinbergen Institute

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