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Employee voice: a transaction costs perspective

Willman, Paul and Bryson, Alex and Gomez, Rafael and Kretschmer, Tobias (2012) Employee voice: a transaction costs perspective. NIESR discussion paper, Discussion paper No. 399. National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, UK.

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Identification Number: Discussion paper No. 399

Abstract

Argues that whether it is better to adopt voice or exit depends on the nature of the transaction for both parties: the strongest voice-sustaining equilibrium is where both parties see voice as preferable to exit. Notes that this is likely where both parties have substantial sunk costs. Applies insights from transaction cost economics to voice and exit in the employment relationship. Considers which types of employment relationship are likely to sustain voice and which are not using a model of the employment contract that originates with Oliver Williamson. Based on this, uses a simple cost benefit model which deals with two related questions. First, where is voice likely to emerge and, second, what type of voice is it likely to be? Applies then the model empirically to workplace data for Britain to shed light on the size and composition of the "no voice" sector; the emergence of a sizeable "non-union" voice sector; the persistence of unionization among existing establishments; and the economic outcomes associated with voice choice by firms.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.niesr.ac.uk/index.html
Additional Information: © 2012 National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 17:12
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2013 11:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/48135

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