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Are employment policies counterproductive when wage setting is centralised?

Rodseth, A. (1991) Are employment policies counterproductive when wage setting is centralised? CEP discussion paper, 28. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

When government policy is subjected to a balanced budget constraint or a current account constraint, total income of the workers is independent of the employment policy. An employment policy distributes income more evenly, and may lead to a union with strong preferences for equality to raise its wage. However, a sufficiently vigorous employment policy is always effective. Unions which maximise the after tax real wage is always lower the nominal wage when government employment policy becomes more vigorous. The constraints enforce an implicit tax-based incomes policy (TIP), and there is limited scope due to centralisation for other forms of TIP.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 1991 A.Rodseth
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 28
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2008 15:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/21113/

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