Employer associations in Italy: Trends and economic outcomes

Bernardo Fanfani*, Claudio Lucifora, Daria Vigani

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista


This study analyses the representativeness of employer associations in Italy, using unique firm-level data with information on employers' affiliation and their characteristics. We document that a persistent decline in affiliation rates to employers' associations has occurred during the last two decades. We show that affiliated companies are positively selected, as they tend to be larger, older, more likely to be located in richer regions, to be export and innovation oriented, and more likely to provide training. Using longitudinal data and regression decomposition techniques, we show that larger firms have been more affected by the decline in affiliation rates over time. Finally, we show that the level of representativeness of employers' associations has a weak positive effect on collective bargaining occupational wage minima settled by these organizations in national industry-wide collective contracts after a negotiation process with trade unions.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2023


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