Unionization, international integration, and selection

Catia Montagna, Antonella Nocco

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We study how unionization affects competitive selection between heterogeneous firms when wage negotiations can occur at the firm or at the profit-centre level. With productivity specific wages, an increase in union power has: (i) a selection-softening; (ii) a counter-competitive; (iii) a wage-inequality; and (iv) a variety effect. In a two-country asymmetric setting, stronger unions soften competition for domestic firms and toughen it for exporters. With profit-centre bargaining, we show how trade liberalization can affect wage inequality among identical workers both across firms (via its effects on competitive selection) and within firms (via wage discrimination across destination markets). ©Canadian Economics Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-45
Number of pages23
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d'économique
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • unemployment F12 unions trade liberalization J51 R13 heterogeneity F16 market
  • jobs wage inequality productivity competition


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