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Essays on Wage Bargaining in Dynamic Macroeconomics


Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 689)

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This book addresses collective bargaining in an intertemporal monetary macroeconomy of the aggregate supply–aggregate demand (AS–AD) type with overlapping generations of consumers and with a public sector. The results are presented in a unified framework with a commodity market that clears competitively. By analyzing the implications of three variants of collective bargaining – efficient bargaining in a uniform and a segmented labor market and “right-to-manage” wage bargaining – it identifies the quantity of money, price expectations, union power, and union size as the determinants of temporary equilibria. In the three scenarios, it characterizes and compares the temporary equilibria using both analytical and numerical techniques, with an emphasis on allocations, welfare, and efficiency. It also discusses the dynamic evolution under rational expectations and its steady states in nominal and real terms. Lastly, it demonstrates conditions for stability regarding a balanced monetary expansion of the economy.


Efficient bargaining Right-to-manage wage bargaining Nash bargaining Segmented labor markets Wage differentiation Union power Perfect-foresight dynamics Balanced monetary paths

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  1. 1.Center for Mathematical EconomicsBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

About the authors

Oliver Claas is a researcher at Bielefeld University’s Center for Mathematical Economics (IMW). He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Theory from Bielefeld University, a Master of Science in Economics from Purdue University, and a Diplom (Master's equiv.) in Mathematical Economics from Bielefeld University. His research interests include macroeconomics, labor economics, and the theory of dynamical systems, using both analytical and numerical methods.

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