Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Ratio Working Papers,
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No 217: Protection of insiders and exclusion of outsiders – Union action and strategies in the Swedish construction labour market

Henrik Lindberg ()
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Henrik Lindberg: Ratio, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The Insider-Outsider theory is an attempt, through the Labour Turnover Costs (LTC), to explain the clash of interests between different employees – insiders and outsiders. My claim is that the most important factor that has shaped the insider and outsider status among construction employees at the Swedish labour market is union action and strategies in different phases of the political process. The strategies included attempts to impose, interpret or modify regulations on the labour market in such way that occupation, eductional requirements, employment status, union membership, and even citizenship, shaped the insiderness of different categories of employees and workers. Those excluded came to be outsiders.

Keywords: Insiderness; Employee; Construction industry; Insider-Outsider; Labour Turnover Costs; Union strategies; Immigration

JEL-codes: J51; J58

21 pages, August 22, 2013

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