ERU Seminar: The Collective Bargaining Wage Premium in Ireland and 14 other EU countries
Date: Wednesday November 23rd 2011
Topic: The Collective Bargaining Wage Premium in Ireland and 14 other EU countries
Speaker: Dr Rory O’Farrell, ERU
Venue: INTO Training Centre, 38 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Time: 4-5:15pm (Tea and coffee from 3:50pm)
This paper measures the collective bargaining pay premium for Ireland and 14 other European countries using data from the 2006 European Structure of Earnings Survey (SES). The European SES is a survey of matched worker-firm data that is gathered in a comparable fashion across the EU and gives an opportunity to measure the collective bargaining pay premium in a consistent cross-country manner.
The paper shows that a significant firm level collective bargaining pay premium is found across Europe, but its size varies widely with regard to country and form of collective bargaining. There is also evidence that firm level bargaining leads to a more compressed wage structure.
JEL: J31, J51, J52
Keywords: Trade unions, Collective Bargaining