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Chapter 7

Collective Bargaining and Labor Unions

In this chapter we will:

  • Present the different rates of unionization and collective bargaining coverage across countries and over time
  • Study the determinants of unionization
  • Study the determinants of the behavior of unions
  • Learn how employees and employers arrive at an agreement on how to share the benefits from productive activities
  • Study the different approaches to bargaining theory
  • Review the standard models of collective bargaining over wages and employment
  • Explore the consequences of the opposition between insiders and outsiders
  • See to what extent regression discontinuity design allows us to identify the causal impact of labor unions
  • Assess empirically the impact of unions on wages, productivity, profits employment, and investment


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Chapter 7 figures


Teaching slides

  • Presentation Title
  • author
  • Creation date
    • Collective bargaining and labor unions
    • Pierre Cahuc, Stéphane Carcillo, André Zylberberg
    • 12/08/2014