The impact of product market competition on employment determination in unionised and non-unionised firms: Firm level evidence for the U.K

Jozef Konings, Patrick Paul Walsh

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate the effect of increased competition on employment in unionised and non-unionised firms. We model product and labour market imperfections, and their interactions, in Nash equilibrium. The model predicts that employment loss in unionised firms in the face of increased competition will be lower compared with non-unionised firms. This paradoxical outcome results from an offsetting beneficial employment effect of competition, which eliminates wage mark-ups in unionised firms. We find empirical support for the theoretical prediction using U.K. firm level data over the period 1985-1989.

Original languageEnglish
Article number255441
Pages (from-to)385-394
Number of pages10
JournalReview of Industrial Organization
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000

Keywords

  • Competition
  • Employment dynamics
  • Unionised and non-unionised firms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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