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International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Online from: 1980

Subject Area: Economics

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Industry wage differentials and the bargaining regime in a corporatist country

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Title:Industry wage differentials and the bargaining regime in a corporatist country
Author(s):François Rycx, (Department of Applied Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium)
Citation:François Rycx, (2003) "Industry wage differentials and the bargaining regime in a corporatist country", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 24 Iss: 4, pp.347 - 366
Keywords:Belgium, Pay bargaining, Pay differentials
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01437720310485898 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:This paper examines the role of the bargaining regime in bringing about inter-industry wage differentials in the Belgian private sector. Empirical findings, based on the 1995 Structure of Earnings Survey, emphasise that sectors offering high/low wages are similar for workers covered by different bargaining regimes, even when controlling for individual characteristics, working conditions and firm size. Moreover, results show that, ceteris paribus, the dispersion of inter-industry wage differentials is higher when wages are collectively renegotiated at the firm level, and workers covered by a company collective agreement (CA) earn 5.1 per cent more than their opposite numbers whose wages are solely covered by national and/or sectoral CAs.

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