University of South Carolina, USA, University of Durham, UK, and IZA, Germany
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Unions, Minimum wage, Employee workplace representation, Codetermination
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Professor, University of South Carolina, USA, and University of Durham, UK
John M. Olin Visiting Professor of Labor Economics and Public Policy, Washington University in St. Louis, USA; Professor of Economics, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
PhD, London School of Economics, 1971
“Minimum wage increases in a recessionary environment.” Labour Economics 23 (2013): 30–39 (with M. Blackburn and C. Cotti).
“The reservation wage unemployment duration nexus.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 75:6 (2013) 980–987 (with J. Machado and P. Portugal).
“Minimum wages, labor market institutions, and female employment: A cross-national analysis.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 65:4 (2012): 779–809 (with O. D. Ozturk).
The Economics of Codetermination: Lessons from the German Experience. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
“Unemployment duration: A competing risks model with defective risks.” Journal of Human Resources 38:1 (2003): 156–191 (with P. Portugal).
Declining union power would not be an overwhelming cause for concern if not for rising wage inequality and the loss of worker voiceJohn T. Addison, May 2014The micro- and macroeconomic effects of the declining power of trade unions have been hotly debated by economists and policymakers. Nevertheless, the empirical evidence shows that the impact of the decline on economic aggregates and firm performance is not an overwhelming cause for concern. However, the association of declining union power with rising earnings inequality and a loss of direct communication between workers and firms is potentially more worrisome. This in turn raises the questions of how supportive contemporary unionism is of wage solidarity, and whether the depiction of the nonunion workplace as an authoritarian “bleak house” is more caricature than reality.MoreLess