The impact of Wage Bargaining Regime on Firm-Level Competitiveness and Wage Inequality: The Case of Ireland

Seamus McGuinness, Elish Kelly, Philip O'Connell

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    Abstract

    This paper uses a linked employer-employee dataset to analyze the impact of institutional wage bargaining regimes on average labor costs and within-firm wage dispersion in private sector companies in Ireland. The results show that while centralized bargaining reduced labor costs within both the indigenous and foreign-owned sectors, the relative advantage was greater among foreign-owned firms. The analysis suggests that there are potentially large competitiveness gains to multinational companies that locate in countries implementing a centralized bargaining system. Furthermore, the results provide additional support to the view that collective bargaining reduces within-firm wage inequality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)593-615
    Number of pages23
    JournalIndustrial Relations
    Volume49
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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