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Lower coverage but stronger unions? Institutional changes and union wage premia in Central Europe

Magda, Iga and Marsden, David and Moriconi, Simone (2015) Lower coverage but stronger unions? Institutional changes and union wage premia in Central Europe. Journal of Comparative Economics, 44 (3). pp. 638-656. ISSN 0147-5967

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jce.2015.08.001

Abstract

In this paper we use the national samples from the European Structure of Earnings Survey (ESES) to analyze the evolution of the wage premium of firm- and industry-level agreements in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland (the CE3) around the time of their accession to the EU. We find that despite a generalized reduction in union coverage in these countries, the union wage premium after accession to the EU became bigger and statistically more significant for Poland and Hungary, particularly for industry-level agreements. We interpret these findings in terms of the institutional reforms that occurred in the CE3 between 2002 and 2006. These reforms, which were prompted by the EU Commission's requirements for EU accession, increased the social partners' ability to bargain and enforce wage agreements, and made industry-level unions more effective in guaranteeing the protections provided by labor standards. Results are less conclusive for th

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01475...
Additional Information: © 2015 Association for Comparative Economic Studies
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining > J51 - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 15:19
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2017 23:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64613

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