What is the role of collective bargaining in 21st century labor markets? While some scholars question the place of unions in a world shaped by new technologies and global supply chains, others defend their mission to promote equality and social justice. The topic is re-emerging as a lively research area, driven by the expanding availability of data covering workers and firms, innovative research methodologies, and the interests of policy makers. This conference will bring together state-of-the-art research on leading issues in collective bargaining.

The questions to be addressed include longstanding paradoxes and newly emerging problems: Is the low membership in unions a challenge to institutions that seek to extend collective bargaining coverage to all or nearly all workers? Do today’s unions adequately represent the goals and needs of the workers they bargain for? Would alternative institutions serve workers better? How can a wage setting system accommodate macro shocks, such as inflation or recessions, as well as sector- and firm-specific shocks? To what extent is collective bargaining eroded or enhanced by national minimum wages? How much does collective bargaining contribute to reduce social inequalities? Are the current collective bargaining institutions well-suited to the needs of the traditionally marginalized groups, including women and migrants, or to highly-skilled professionals and employers in the information and technology sectors?


Thomas Lemieux

(University of British Columbia)

Keynote Speaker

David Card

(University of California Berkeley)

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

  Moderator Panel Discussion

Tito Boeri

(Bocconi University)

Panel Member

Anna Stansbury


Panel Member

Jelle Visser

(University of Amsterdam)

Panel Member

Reinhard Naumann 


Panel Member

Speakers and Discussants

University College London 

Central European University

University of Lisbon

Central European University

University of Turin

University of Mannheim

Institute for Social Research

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Norwegian School of Economics

University California Santa Cruz

Bank of Spain

Brown University

University of Oslo

University of British Columbia

Bank of Portugal

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Columbia University

Venue: Academy of Sciences of Lisbon

Founded in 1779, the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon has maintained uninterrupted activities in promoting, disseminating, and sharing knowledge in the fields of sciences and humanities. One of its missions is to provide independent scientific advice on crucial matters for the country's development 

How to get to the venue?

Address: Rua da Academia das Ciências 19

1200-168 Lisbon,  Portugal

By bus: 706, 727, 758, 773

By tram: 24 and 28

By metro: