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Collective agreements, wages and restructuring in transition

Magda, Iga, Marsden, David and Moriconi, Simone (2009) Collective agreements, wages and restructuring in transition. CEP Discussion Paper, No. 959. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Using a large matched employer-employee dataset, the authors investigate the relationship between collective agreements, wages and restructuring in transition in three former centrally planned economies (Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland). They adopt a natural experiment approach and capture the restructuring process triggered by the launch of transition by means of cohort effects among firms founded before or at different stages of this process which enable them to control for the heterogeneity of firms in different cohorts. They find that the wage premium associated with different levels of collective agreements depends on restructuring and its timing in the transition. In early-middle transition firms, industry level agreements protect low skilled wages; whereas in late transition ones, firm level agreements increase medium and especially high skilled wages. Some cross country differences emerge in the structure of the wage premium as a result of country specific features of restructuring.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2009 The authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining > J51 - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies
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: No. 959
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 15:24
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28690/

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