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Wage effects of works councils and opening clauses: the German case


Ellguth, Peter; Gerner, Hans-Dieter; Stegmaier, Jens


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Abstract "German employment relations are characterized by a distinct dual system. First, working conditions and wages are determined by industry-level collective bargaining agreements. Second, on the establishment-level, the works council is responsible for employer - employee negotiations. However, since the mid-1980s, an increasing number of areas of regulation have been transferred from the industry- to the establishment-level using so-called opening clauses. The analysis in this article relies on rich German establishment data and reveals new insights into the institutional machinery of wage bargaining. While the existence of such clauses is related to higher wages, their application results in wage cuts of roughly the same size. The results also suggest that works councils, on average, are able to prevent the negative wage effects of opening clauses." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))
Thesaurusschlagwörter collective agreement; flexibility; income effect; collective bargaining; institutional factors; decentralization; employment agreement; panel; works council; Federal Republic of Germany; industrial relations
Klassifikation Industrie- und Betriebssoziologie, Arbeitssoziologie, industrielle Beziehungen
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2014
Seitenangabe S. 95-113
Zeitschriftentitel Economic and Industrial Democracy, 35 (2014) 1
ISSN 0143-831X
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
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