Citation Blanchflower D, Oswald AJ & Garrett MD (1990) Insider power in wage determination. Economica, 57 (226), pp. 143-170. https://doi.org/10.2307/2554158
Abstract The paper argues that wage determination is best seen as a kind of rent-sharing in which workers' bargaining power is influenced by conditions in the external labour market. It uses British establishment data from 1984 to show that pay depends upon a blend of insider pressure (including the employer's financial performance and oligopolistic position) and outsider pressure (including external wages and unemployment). Lester's feasible "range" of wages appears typically to be between 8 and 22% of pay. Estimates of the unemployment elasticity of the wage lie in a narrow band around -0.1.
Keywords bargaining power; insider power; labour market; wage determination; workers
Journal Economica: Volume 57, Issue 226
Blanchflower, David; Oswald, Andrew J; Garrett, Mario D