Another look at mass migration and unions in Western Europe

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The paper analyses implications of unions' strategy for employment in western European countries that are baffled with mass migration of unskilled workers from neighboring poor countries. Unions' strategy in this paper includes bargaining for non-wage benefits together with monetary compensation for workers. It is shown that unions' strategy generates employment, raises the ratio of skilled to unskilled workers and raises national income. This suggests that even when migration acts as a competitive fringe, instead of using controversial migration policy as a covert anti-union tool, policy makers should encourage this type of bargaining which will have both economically and politically favorable effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-885
Number of pages8
JournalEconomic Modelling
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Migration
  • Unemployment
  • Unions and non-wage benefits


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