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Divergent Trends and Different Causal Logics: The Importance of Bargaining CentralizationWhen Explaining Earnings Inequality acrossAdvanced Democratic Societies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2005 (English)In: Politics & Society, ISSN 0032-3292, Vol. 33, no 3, 359-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that centralized wage bargaining alters the causal logic in explanations of wage inequality, in the sense that common explanatory factors have different effects, given the degree of bargaining centralization. The evidence presented supports the theoretical argument. Using aggregate time-series cross-country data from 15 capitalist democracies, the article shows that – given decentralized bargaining – trade with less developed countries, resources devoted to research and development, and government employment have inegalitarian effects on the wage distribution, whereas leftist governments and unionism compress wages. However, given centralized wage bargaining these effects gradually disappear or, in some cases, change direction.

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Sage Publications, 2005. Vol. 33, no 3, 359-385 p.
Keyword [en]
wage inequality, bargaining centralization, institutions, varieties of capitalism, comparative political economy
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-84423DOI: 10.1177/0032329205278460OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-84423DiVA: diva2:112331
Available from: 2006-11-16 Created: 2006-11-16 Last updated: 2013-10-14Bibliographically approved

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