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Centralized Bargaining, Multi-Tasking, and Work Incentives
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Birkbeck College, University of London.
1996 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper examines the implications of an important aspect of the ongoing reorganization of work - the move from occupational specialization toward multi-tasking - for centralized wage bargaining. The analysis shows how, on account of this reorganization, centralized bargaining becomes increasingly inefficient and detrimental to firms' profit opportunities, since it prevents firms from offering their employees adequate incentives to perform the appropriate mix of tasks. The paper also shows how centralized bargaining inhibits firms from using eages to induce workers to learn how to use their experience from one set of tasks to enhance their performance at other tasks. In this way, the paper helps explain the increasing resistance to centralized bargaining in various advanced market economies.

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Stockholm: IIES , 1996. , 45 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, ISSN 0347-8769 ; 620
Keyword [en]
centralized wage bargaining, restructuring, organization of firms, technological change, information flows, employment, wage formation, unemployment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41953OAI: diva2:343152
Available from: 2010-08-12 Created: 2010-08-12 Last updated: 2010-08-12Bibliographically approved

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