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Exchange Rates And Wages In Unionised Labour Markets

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The authors investigate the impact of exchange rate movements on wage determination in unionised labour markets. Using a simple model of international oligopoly, they show that organised labour has a rational incentive to accept lower wages in the face of a currency appreciation. This proposition is examined empirically using a matched worker-firm dataset for Portugal. They find results consistent with the predictions of the model, though the impact varies considerably with both worker characteristics and the regional unemployment rate.

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