Change and Persistence in the German Model of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation

Publication date: 20 Oct 2011 | Publication type: NIESR Discussion Paper | Theme: Trade, Investment & Productivity, Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A | External Author(s): Addison, J. T., Teixeira, P. and Pahnke, A. | JEL Classification: J50, J53 | NIESR Discussion Paper Number: 382

This paper depicts and examines the decline in collective bargaining coverage in Germany. Using repeat cross-section and longitudinal data from the IAB Establishment Panel, we show the overwhelming importance of behavioral as opposed to compositional change and, for the first time, document workplace transitions into and out of collective agreeements via survival analysis. We provide estimates of the median duration of coverage, and report that the factors generating entry and exit are distinct and symmetric.

Keyword tags: 
sectoral and firm agreements
collective bargaining
works council coverage