Hellenic Open University Conferences, International Conference on Business & Economics of the Hellenic Open University 2017

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The impact of labour unionisation on monitoring costs
Antonios Chantziaras, Emmanouil Dedoulis, Stergios Leventis

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Date: 2017-04-22 04:15 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2017-04-11


This paper analyses the impact of labour unionisation on monitoring costs. We consider audit pricing to be a well‑specified monitoring cost incurred by the principal. Our findings show that monitoring costs are significantly higher fees to firms with organised labour. We demonstrate that unionised firms have more complex structures which increase monitoring risks and costs. We further show that monitoring agents consider political ideology supportive to labour unions which further enhances relevant costs. Additionally, we demonstrate that monitoring costs are significantly lower in the presence of employee share ownership. We conclude that labour unionisation increases the costs of monitoring agents; a burden which is then further amplified or mitigated based on the structure of industrial relations.


Agency costs; Labour unions; Audit pricing; Industrial relations; Labour unionisation

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