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Estudios de economía

versión On-line ISSN 0718-5286

Estudios de Economía vol.46 no.2 Santiago dic. 2019

http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-52862019000200227 

Articles

Corporate social responsibility in a unionised duopoly

Responsabilidad social empresarial en un duopolio sindicalizado

Luciano Fanti1 

Domenico Buccella2 

1Department of Economics and Management, University of Pisa. Italy

2Department of Economics, Kozminski University. Poland

Abstract:

It is commonly believed that the choice of adopting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) behaviours is beyond the scope of profit enhancement. In a unionised oligopoly with centralised wage setting and decreasing returns to scale technology, the present paper shows that the owners’ choice of the CSR engagement level is dictated by the firms’ purely selfish profit-seeking objective. In fact, profits under CSR are higher than under the standard profit-maximising rule. Moreover, the union, consumers and the social welfare on the whole with CSR are higher than without CSR: the firms’ owners social concern leads to a Pareto-superior outcome.

Keywords: Cournot Duopoly; labour union; corporate social responsibility

Resumen:

Suele considerarse que la adopción de conductas asociadas a la responsabi- lidad social empresarial está más allá de la maximización de beneficios. Este trabajo muestra que en el contexto de un oligopolio sindicalizado con decisiones centralizadas de fijación de salarios y retornos decrecientes, la elección del nivel de adopción de responsabilidad social empresarial se rige por el motivo de maximización de utilidades. De hecho, los beneficios de la empresa y el bienestar social, de los consumidores y trabajadores son mayores, conduciendo a un resultado Pareto superior.

Palabras clave: Duopolio a la Cournot; sindicatos; responsabilidad social empresarial

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Received: April 0, 2019; Accepted: July 0, 2019

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