A new GLO Discussion Paper finds a causal effect of Italian medieval communes on current probabilities to adopt two-tier bargaining structures and to be unionized.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1232, 2023
On the Emergence of Cooperative Industrial and Labor Relations – Download PDF
by Cardullo, Gabriele & Conti, Maurizio & Ricci, Andrea & Scicchitano, Sergio & Sulis, Giovanni
GLO Fellow Sergio Scicchitano
Author Abstract: We explore the long run determinants of current differences in the degree of cooperative labor relations at local level. We do this by estimating the causal effect of the medieval communes -that were established in certain cities in Centre-Northern Italy towards the end of the 11th century- and that contributed to the emergence of a cooperative attitude in the population on various proxies for current cooperative labor relations. Conditional on a large set of firm and municipality level controls, as well as a full set of province fixed effects, we find that firms located in municipalities that had been a free medieval commune in the past, have higher current probabilities to adopt two-tier bargaining structures and to be unionized. We also report IV and propensity score estimates that confirm our main results.
Vol. 36, Issue 1, January 2023: Journal of Population Economics (JOPE) 16 articles. https://link.springer.com/journal/148/volumes-and-issues/36-1
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