Labour unionisation structure and product innovation

Basak, Debasmita and Mukherjee, Arijit (2017) Labour unionisation structure and product innovation. International Review of Economics and Finance . ISSN 1059-0560

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the recently growing literature by examining the effects of different labour unionisation structures on innovation. Using a Cournot duopoly set up, we investigate the effects of centralised and decentralised labour unions on product innovation. We show that if the products are symmetrically differentiated, the incentive for innovation is higher under decentralised labour unions, whereas the innovation incentive can be higher under a centralised labour union if the products are asymmetrically differentiated. Our results show that social welfare is strictly higher under decentralised unions compared to a centralised union.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Centralised union ; Decentralised union ; Product innovation ; Union utility
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.iref.2017.12.013
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2018 09:55
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 00:06
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49012

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