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Industrial Relations and the Wage Differentials within Firms
Hübler, Olaf | Meyer, Wolfgang
Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 121 (2001), Iss. 3 : pp. 285–311
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Fördern oder behindern Betriebsräte die Unternehmensentwicklung?
Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Vol. 4 (2003), Iss. 4 P.379https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1468-2516.2003.00117.x [Citations: 4]
The relationship between works councils and firms’ further training provision in times of technological changeLammers, Alexander | Lukowski, Felix | Weis, Kathrin
British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 61 (2023), Iss. 2 P.392https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12710 [Citations: 1]
Increased wage inequality between skilled and unskilled workers is a stylized fact, which can be observed in many developed countries. Among the explanations advanced for this phenomenon is the increasing globalization, a skill-biased technical progress, restructuring of the firms, and last but not least, a decreasing importance of industrial relations institutions. In the paper, we investigate in a three-step procedure with German firms' data whether the latter determinant is influential. We control for the other relevant explanations and split industrial relations into three components - coverage of collective bargaining, existence of a works council, and union density - within a four-equation model. We find an insignificant influence of the union density. A works council compresses the wage differentials between skilled and unskilled blue-collar workers while coverage is effective in the opposite direction.