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TitleGlobalisation and union opposition to technological change
Author(s)Straume, Odd Rune
Lommerud, Kjell Erik
Meland, Frode
KeywordsTrade liberalisation
Technology adoption
International unionised oligopoly
Issue date2006
JournalJournal of International Economics
Citation"Journal of International Economics". ISSN 0022-1996. 68 (2006) 1-23.
Abstract(s)Trade unions have a rational incentive to oppose the adoption of labour-saving technology when labour demand is inelastic and unions care much for employment relative to wages. Trade liberalisation typically increases trade union technology opposition. These conclusions are reached in a model of unionised international duopoly with two-way trade. We also find that the incentive for technology opposition is stronger in the more technologically advanced country and in the country with the larger home market, complementing earlier explanations for technological catch-up and leapfrogging.
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Appears in Collections:NIPE - Artigos em Revistas de Circulação Internacional com Arbitragem Científica

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