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Union Activity and Wage-Employment Movements
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Birkbeck College, London.
1986 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper analyzes how the influence of labor unions over wage contracts may make the labor market less "resilient". Loss of resilience is depicted in two conceptually independent ways: (i) a tendency for changes in unemployment caused by exogenous labor demand shock to persist, (ii) a long-run tendency of such shocks to generate a bounded wage-unemployment ratchet. In this manner, the analysis may help explain why unemployment rates in Europe and the United States have had an upward trend over the past one and a half decades and why the expansion of employment has been much greater in the U.S. than in most European economies after the recent deep recessions.

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Stockholm: IIES , 1986. , 17 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, ISSN 0347-8769 ; 361
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41542OAI: diva2:331114
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