Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85848
Authors: 
den Butter, Frank A.G.
Koppes, Silvie Y.
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 03-087/3
Abstract: 
Strikes as a consequence of labour conflicts occur about 28 times as much in France as in the Netherlands. This paper examines the institutional differences underlying these differences in strike activity. Our empirical analysis shows that strike activity is high in France if workers were successful in obtaining relatively high wage increases in collective labour agreements in the previous year, whereas strike activity is high in the Netherlands if, in the preceding year, real wage increases were relatively low as compared to productivity increases. Moreover it appears that the influence of strikes on wage formation on a macro-level is much higher in France than in the Netherlands.
Subjects: 
Strikes
Comparative analysis of policy institutions
Wage formation
JEL: 
J31
J52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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