Collective bargaining and regional wage differences in Spain: an empirical analysis

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Title: Collective bargaining and regional wage differences in Spain: an empirical analysis
Authors: Simón, Hipólito | Ramos Lobo, Raúl | Sanromá Meléndez, Esteban
Research Group/s: Territorio y Movilidad. Mercados de Trabajo y Vivienda
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado
Keywords: Wage structure | Regional wage differences | Collective bargaining
Knowledge Area: Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: SIMÓN, Hipólito J.; RAMOS, Raúl; SANROMÁ, Esteban. “Collective bargaining and regional wage differences in Spain: an empirical analysis”. Applied Economics. Vol. 38, No. 15 (2006). ISSN 0003-6846, pp. 1749-1760
Abstract: This article analyses the importance of labour market institutions and, in particular, collective wage bargaining in shaping regional wage differences in the Spanish labour market. Using microdata from the Spanish Structure of Earnings Survey, our results reveal that there are significant inter-regional wage differences for similarly skilled workers. These differences are present throughout the whole wage structure and can be explained by both competitive and non-competitive factors, such as insufficient competition in product markets. In this context, industry-level collective bargaining plays a major role in accounting for regional wage differences, a role that in the Spanish case is enhanced due to its unusual regional dimension.
ISSN: 0003-6846 (Print) | 1466-4283 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/00036840500427155
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: This is an electronic version of an article submitted of Applied Economics ©2006 Copyright Taylor & Francis; Applied Economics is available online at
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