Publication Date

1982

Abstract

[Excerpt] This paper represents our initial efforts at analyzing the effects of unions on productivity in the public sector. We first sketch an analytical framework that can be used to estimate these effects, focusing for expository purposes on municipal public libraries. We initially focus on libraries because considerable effort has been devoted to conceptualizing productivity measures for them and because of the availability of data to implement the framework. After discussing the analytical framework, we present preliminary estimtes of the effects of unions on productivity in public libraries based upon analyses of data from 71 municipal libraries in Massachusetts. We conclude by indicating how these analyses will be extended and the direction that we hope our future research will take.

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Suggested Citation
Ehrenberg, R. G. & Schwarz, J. L. (1982). The effect of unions on productivity in the public sector: The case of municipal libraries [Electronic version]. In W. Hirsch & A. Rufolo (Eds.), The economics of municipal labor markets (pp. 311-341). Los Angeles: UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

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