Title
The bargaining position of low-skilled and high-skilled workers in a globalising worldThe bargaining position of low-skilled and high-skilled workers in a globalising world
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Research group
Accountancy and Finance
Faculteit Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam :Elsevier,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Labour economics : official journal of the European Association of Labour Economists. - Amsterdam, 1993, currens
Volume/pages
19(2012):3, p. 312-319
ISSN
0927-5371
1879-1034
ISI
000304644200005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper extends the assessment of the impact of globalisation and technological change on the bargaining power and preferences of employees, by taking worker heterogeneity into account. In contrast with previous studies, two separate unions - representing low-skilled and high-skilled workers respectively - are considered. Using Belgian firm-level data, labour bargaining power and relative wage preference have been estimated by skill level. When these estimates are subsequently regressed on a set of potential determinants, the bargaining power of low-skilled workers appears to fall with imports and offshoring, whereas the bargaining power of high-skilled workers is only positively affected by R&D activities. In addition, a significant effect of globalisation is found on the relative preference of unions for wages over employment, indicating that the effect of globalisation on the behaviour of labour unions is more encompassing than frequently assumed. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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