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CEP discussion paper
Change and Persistence in the German Model of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation
John T. Addison, Alex Bryson, André Pahnke and Paulino Teixeira November 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1099:
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JEL Classification: J50; J53

Tags: sectoral and firm agreements; changes in collective bargaining; works council coverage; shift-share analysis; bargaining transitions; survivability

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.

Collective Agreement Status and Survivability: Change and Persistence in the German Model, John T. Addison, Paulino Telzeira, Alex Bryson and Andre Pahnke, Labour, Volume 27, Issue 3, September 2013