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TitleTechnology resistance and globalisation with trade unions: the choice between employment protection and flexicurity
Author(s)Lommerud, Kjell Erik
Straume, Odd Rune
KeywordsTechnology adoption
Trade unions
Employment protection
Issue date2007
PublisherUniversidade do Minho. Núcleo de Investigação em Políticas Económicas (NIPE)
CitationNIPE Working Paper series; 25
Abstract(s)We analyse how di.erent labour market institutions — employment protection versus ‘flexicurity’ — a.ect technology adoption in unionised firms. The analysis is cast in a setting of corporate globalisation, where domestic unionised labour face the double threat of labour-saving technological innovations and international outsourcing of domestic production. In the main part of the analysis, we analyse trade unions’ incentives to oppose or endorse the adoption of new technology. Our main result is that both weaker employment protection and a higher reservation wage for unionised workers (interpreted as increased ‘flexicurity’) contribute to making trade unions more willing to accept labour-saving technological change. Furthermore, these e.ects are reinforced by globalisation. In an extension to the main analysis, we endogenise the technological progress by studying firms’ incentives to invest in new technology and find that these incentives are also generally strengthened in a labour market with more ‘flexicurity’.
TypeWorking paper
DescriptionWe thank seminar participants at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Nottingham, for helpful comments and suggestions.
AccessOpen access
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