Decentralized Bargaining and Measures for Productivity and Occupational Welfare Growth in Italy. Empirical Evidence from Administrative Data



Purpose – The article aims to analyze measures to support labour productivity and occupational welfare in second-level bargaining in Italy

Design/methodology/approach – Both a quantitative and qualitative approach has been employed.

Findings – After illustrating the incentive system activated by the Italian Government, the limits of the policy and some risks of polarization are highlighted.

Research limitations/implications – The current incentive system needs to be integrated with the other labour policies and with the economic development policies. Furthermore, new approaches in bargaining and in industrial relations are needed.

Originality/value –The paper is original in its policy dimension, as it builds on unique data on collective bargaining.

Paper type – Qualitative and analytical paper.

Keywords – Decentralized bargaining; Collective bargaining; Performance-related pay; Occupational welfare; Labour productivity; Tax incentives; Administrative data analysis; Italy.

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