Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174023
Authors: 
Hijzen, Alexander
Martins, Pedro S.
Parlevliet, Jante
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 11113
Abstract: 
This paper contributes to a deeper understanding of sector-level bargaining systems and their role for labour market performance. We compare two countries with seemingly similar collective bargaining systems, the Netherlands and Portugal, and document a number of features that may affect labour market outcomes, including: i) the scope for flexibility at the firm or worker level within sector-level agreements; ii) the emphasis on representativeness as a criterion for extensions; iii) the effectiveness of coordination across bargaining units; and iv) pro-active government policies to enhance trust and cooperation between the social partners.
Subjects: 
industrial relations
social dialogue
employment
JEL: 
J5
P52
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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