Collective Wage Agreements and Adjustments in German Services Firms

Kaiser, Ulrich ; Pfeiffer, Friedhelm

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-5518
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2000
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: J30 J50 C33 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Lohnfestlegung , Arbeit , Dienstleistungssektor
Abstract: There is a growing concern about collective wage agreement and employment dynamics in Germany. In this paper, evidence is provided on the way collective wage agreements affect the adjustment of working hours, employment and other production factors when firms from the service sector are faced with demand shocks. The estimation results indicate that collective wage agreements significantly influence firms' employment policies. Enrolments and the employment of free-lance collaborators are negatively affected while the probability of using short-term employment contracts as a reaction to demand shocks is positively influenced. No significant effect on the probability of dismissing workers has been found.
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