Organised labour, labour market imperfections, and employer wage premia / Sabien Dobbelaere, Boris Hirsch, Steffen Müller, Georg Neuschäffer
VerfasserDobbelaere, Sabien ; Hirsch, Boris ; Müller, Steffen ; Neuschäffer, Georg
ErschienenHalle (Saale), Germany : Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) - Member of the Leibniz Association, [2022]
Umfang1 Online-Ressource (III, 55 Seiten, 2,55 MB)
SerieIWH-Diskussionspapiere ; 2022, no. 20
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This paper examines how collective bargaining through unions and workplace codetermination through works councils shape labour market imperfections and how labour market imperfections matter for employer wage premia. Based on representative German plant data for the years 1999–2016 we document that employer monopsony involving below competitive wages is far more prevalent than the contrary worker monopoly. We further find a smaller prevalence and intensity of employer monopsony when unions or works councils are present and the opposite for worker monopoly. Finally we document a close link between labour market imperfections and employer wage premia. The presence and intensity of employer monopsony are associated with a lower level and larger dispersion of premia whereas more intense worker monopoly is accompanied by a higher level only.