Tijdens, K.G., Ceccon, D., Osse, P., Pralitasari, N., Ndoricimpa, A. and Ngeh Tingum, E. (2016). Manual and codebook of the WageIndicator Collective Agreements Database – Version 1 – February 2016.

Tijdens, K.G., Ceccon, D., Osse, P., Pralitasari, N., Ndoricimpa, A. and Ngeh Tingum, E. (2016). Manual and codebook of the WageIndicator Collective Agreements Database – Version 1 – February 2016. WageIndicator Foundation, Amsterdam, WageIndicator Codebook February 2016.

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ABSTRACT

In a globalised world comparative and up-to-date data on wages and wage setting institutions is needed to understand the global economy in relation to national labour markets and industrial relations systems. Collective bargaining is considered an important instrument in wage-setting processes. However, this assumption is not underpinned with rich empirical data, because very little is known about what exactly is agreed in these collective bargaining agreements. Social partners or governmental institutions in some countries maintain databases with collective agreement texts, but few of them code the text according to a predefined set of characteristics. One reason may be that such databases require prolonged efforts to collect, read and code collective agreements. Even if databases are maintained on a country basis, across countries these agreements will be coded differently and on different levels of detail; thus, cross-country comparisons are not possible. This lack of data is an obstacle to the exploration of the range of issues negotiated in collective agreements, as well as their impact on individual labour market outcomes. It challenges the need for a global collective agreement database. Version 1 - February 2016.