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Title:The state of collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany: The erosion continues PDF Logo
Authors:Addison, John T.
Bryson, Alex
Teixeira, Paulino
Pahnke, André
Bellmann, Lutz
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5030
Abstract:This paper investigates trends in collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany from 2000 to 2008. It seeks to update and widen earlier analyses pointing to a decline in collective bargaining, while providing more information on the dual system as a whole. Using data from the IAB Employment Panel and the German Employment Register, we report evidence of a systematic and continuing erosion of the dual system. Not unnaturally the decline is led by developments in western Germany. Arguably, the path of erosion will continue until rough and ready convergence is reached with eastern Germany. Expressed differently, if the process of decentralization underpinning these developments once was 'regulated' it no longer appears to be so.
Subjects:Erosion of the dual system
collective bargaining/works council coverage
eastern and western Germany
institutional transitions
permanent stayers
newly-founded firms
closing/failing firms
JEL:J50
J53
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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