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Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 165–189 | Cite as

Green Trade Unions: Structure, Wages and Environmental Technology

  • Elias Asproudis
  • Maria José Gil-Moltó
Article

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of trade union structure on firms’ technological choices when unions care about environmental protection. We compare a decentralized with a centralized union structure in a Cournot duopoly. Our results suggest that a decentralized structure provides higher incentives for the investment in cleaner technologies, although emissions may be lower under a centralized structure. The effect of the environmental damage parameter on wages and output may be non-monotonic.

Keywords

Trade union structure Environmental concerns Emissions Technology Wages Employment 

JEL Classification

J51 L13 Q5 O31 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northampton Business SchoolUniversity of NorthamptonNorthamptonUK
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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