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Unformatted text preview: workers, particularly the unskilled and inexperienced, are kept above the equilibrium level by minimum-wage laws. What effect would a fringe-benefit mandate have for these workers? 10. (This question is challenging.) This chapter has assumed that labor is supplied by individual workers acting competitively. In some markets, however, the supply of labor is determined by a union of workers. a. Explain why the situation faced by a labor union may resemble the situation faced by a monopoly firm. b. The goal of a monopoly firm is to maximize profits. Is there an analogous goal for labor unions? c. Now extend the analogy between monopoly firms and unions. How do you suppose that the wage set by a union compares to the wage in a competitive market? How do you suppose employment differs in the two cases? d. What other goals might unions have that make unions different from monopoly firms?...
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This note was uploaded on 07/30/2010 for the course ECON 120 taught by Professor Abijian during the Spring '10 term at Mesa CC.
- Spring '10