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Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

No 30/2014:
Rent Sharing with Footloose Production. Foreign Ownership and Wages Revisited.

Ragnhild Balsvik () and Morten Sæthre ()

Abstract: We present a bargaining model of wage and employment determination, where we show that foreign acquisitions might hurt the bargaining outcome of powerful unions by giving the fi rm a credible threat to move production abroad. Using detailed data on fi rms and workers in manufacturing, including information on union membership and foreign ownership, we fi nd, in line with the predictions of our model, that foreign acquisitions negatively impact the outcome of workers in highly unionized plants.

Keywords: Foreign acquisitions; trade unions; wages.; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F23; J30; J51; (follow links to similar papers)

28 pages, September 16, 2014

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