Seminar Papers, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University
Wages and wage-bargaining institutions in the EMU – a survey of the issues
Abstract: The paper distinguishes between the impact of the EMU on
nominal wage flexibility and on equilibrium real wage and unemployment
levels. A perceived need to increase nominal wage flexibility as a
substitute for domestic monetary policy and a tendency to less real wage
moderation in the EMU are likely to promote informal bargaining
co-ordination and social pacts in the medium run. But such co-ordination is
not likely to be sustainable in the long run, as it conflicts with other
forces working in the direction of decentralization and deunionisation.
This could lead to more government intervention in wage setting during a
transitional period. Although monetary unification will strengthen the
incentives for higher-level transnational co-ordination of wage bargaining,
such a development is improbable in view of the co-ordination costs
involved. If transnational co-ordination develops, it is most likely to
occur within multinational firms.
Keywords: wage; bargaining; EMU; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: E24; (follow links to similar papers)
43 pages, May 5, 2001
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