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The World of Work and Collective Bargaining Policy

With the working world constantly changing, those active in the labour market face ever new challenges that can only be successfully overcome by concerted action. How companies and their workforces shape their local working environment and working conditions is in many places determined by the complex institutional structures of collective labour relations. These are in turn the result of negotiations between the employers' associations and trade unions at the sectoral and regional level and by management and co-determination bodies at the level of the establishment.

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Helena Bach

Helena Bach

Economist for Wage Policy and Collective Bargaining

Tel: +49 221 4981-665
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Carolin Denise Fulda

Carolin Denise Fulda

Economist for wage and collective bargaining policy

Tel: +49 30 27877-0 Carolin Denise Fulda
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Andrea Hammermann

Dr. Andrea Hammermann

Senior Economist for Working Conditions and Human Resource Management Policies

Tel: +49 221 4981-314
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Dr. Hagen Lesch

Head of The World of Work and Collective Bargaining Policy Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981-778
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Holger Schäfer

Holger Schäfer

Senior Economist for Employment and Unemployment

Tel: +49 30 27877-124 @HSchaeferIW
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Christoph Schröder

Christoph Schröder

Senior Researcher for Income Policy, Wages and Working Time Policy

Tel: +49 221 4981-773
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Oliver Stettes

Dr. Oliver Stettes

Head of The World of Work and Collective Bargaining Policy Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981-697 Oliver Stettes
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Sandra Vogel

Dr. Sandra Vogel

Senior Researcher for Industrial Relations

Tel: +49 221 4981-746 @San_Vogel
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A Macroeconomic Analysis of Wage-Price Spirals
IW-Analyse No. 155 9. January 2024

A Macroeconomic Analysis of Wage-Price Spirals

Thomas Obst / Maximilian Stockhausen

The subject of this Analysis is the forms that wage-price spirals can take and how they influence macroeconomic stability and inflationary trends in Germany.

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An Analysis of the Earnings of Employees Covered and Not Covered by Collective Agreements Based on the SOEP
IW-Trends No. 4 29. December 2023

Do Companies Bound by Collective Agreements Pay Better?

Helena Bach/Andrea Hammermann

When discussing the gradual erosion of collective bargaining coverage, reference is often made to the importance of collective agreements in securing high salaries for employees.

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Analysis of the working conditions of office workers
IW-Report No. 62 10. December 2023

Office work in transition: Analysis of the working conditions of office workers

Andrea Hammermann / Oliver Stettes

Office work has changed considerably over time and reflects both technical progress and the zeitgeist of the decades.

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Collective bargaining autonomy in a crisis of legitimacy?
IW-Policy Paper No. 11 8. December 2023

Collective bargaining autonomy in a crisis of legitimacy?

Hagen Lesch / Helena Bach / Sandra Vogel

In Germany, the employers recognised the trade unions as the appointed representatives of the employees in November 1918.

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The Influence of the Minimum Wage on Collective Bargaining
IW-Analyse No. 154 5. December 2023

The Influence of the Minimum Wage on Collective Bargaining

Carolin Fulda / Hagen Lesch / Christoph Schröder / Sandra Vogel

This analysis examines the connection between collective wage bargaining in Germany and the adjustments to the statutory minimum wage determined by the Minimum Wage Commission since June 2020.

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