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Neue Publikation in Economic Modelling

[26.06.2019]

Professor Schmerer veröffentlicht einen Artikel zum Thema „Trade and unions: Does size matter?“ im Journal "Economic Modelling".


Im Journal "Economic Modelling" erscheint in Kürze eine gemeinsame Forschungsarbeit zu möglichen Determinanten der gewerkschaftlichen Lohnsetzung. Die Arbeit ist in Koautorenschaft mit Stella Capuano, ehemalige Mitarbeiterin des Lehrstuhls, und Andreas Hauptmann vom Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung entstanden.

Das Journal wird vom SCIMAGO Ranking als Journal der Kategorie "bestes Quartil" geführt:

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Zusammenfassung:

Our empirical analysis builds upon the hypothesis that unions are detrimental to a firm’s efficiency. Using a rich survey of German manufacturers, we investigate firm-level determinants on the probability of collective wage bargaining with particular focus on the impact of a firm’s engagement in foreign markets. An interesting and very robust finding is that exporters are less likely to engage in union wage bargaining. This finding is in line with a pessimistic perception of unions. The negative effect of collective bargaining can be offset by efficiency gains for larger exporters, who can benefit from operation cost saving effects. Size does matter as larger firms export and may find bargaining with a single entity representing the workforce more convenient than bargaining with each worker individually. We are using firm level information on IT investment as instrument for the export dummy and successfully test for the validity of this instrument.

Cornelia Trump | 27.06.2019