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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Unions, Public Employers, and the EMU: Understanding Wage Dynamics in the German and Italian Public Sectors

Donato Di Carlo (doctoral project)


 
Two of the four standard policy instruments that can be used for macroeconomic adjustment, monetary and exchange rate policy, are decided in the EMU at the supranational level; a full-fledged fiscal policy is severely constrained by the Stability and Growth Pact. Under such conditions, wage policy remains a key trigger for country-specific stabilization or destabilization. Comparative Political Economy (CPE) has extensively studied the characteristics of export sector wage setting. Much less is known, however, about the endogenous conditions and processes of wage setting in the public sector. The purpose of this doctoral project is to shed light on the determinants of divergent public sector wage setting in Germany and Italy during the process of monetary integration in Europe. It relies on a comparative-historical analysis (CHA) approach to bring together insights from CPE, fiscal sociology, and industrial relations theory. Project duration: October 2015 to March 2019.
 

 
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