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dc.contributor.authorWallerstein, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorMoene, Karl Oveen_US
dc.description.abstractMancur Olson's Logic of Collective Action has provided the dominant framework for understanding the impact of encompassing unions and employers confederations on wage-setting in Western Europe. In particular, scholars have drawn upon Olson's writing to descripe corporatism as a means for attaining the collective goods of low unemployment and low inflation in highly unionized labor markets. The strongest impact of corporatist institutions in the labor market, however, was to generate greater wage equality rather than superior macroeconomic performance. To understand the most important impact of corporatist institutions, a new framework that emphasizes the effect of wage-setting institutions on the distribution of wages and salaries is needed. In this paper, we present one component of such a framework with a model that illustrates how both employers and unions might gain by central agreements that reduce wage inequality relative to the equilibrium wage distribution with decentralized wage-setting.en_US
dc.publisherDep. of Economics, Univ. of Oslo Osloen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMemorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2003,15en_US
dc.subject.keywordWage settingen_US
dc.subject.keywordunions and employers confederationsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcorporatist institutionsen_US
dc.titleDoes the logic of collective action explain the logic of corporatism?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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