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Strike Duration and Strike Size

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  • Alan Harrison
  • Mark B. Stewart

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Some theories of strike activity suggest that the settlement probability of a strike depends on the number of workers involved in the strike. Additionally, much recent empirical research on strikes has been constrained by data availability to look only at strikes in large bargaining units. It is natural to ask, therefore, whether strike size systematically influences strike duration, and whether this question poses problems of interpretation for studies confined to samples of large strikes. This paper uses Canadian strike data to examine these questions. We find that size is an important determinant of strike duration and also that studies of strike duration based only on large strikes can yield results that are not representative of the influences for all strikes.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 26 (1993)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 830-49

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:26:y:1993:i:4:p:830-49

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Cited by:
  1. Malo, Miguel A. & Sanchez-sanchez, Nuria, 2011. "The legal form of labour conflicts and their time persistence: an empirical analysis with a large firms' panel," MPRA Paper 30117, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira, 2006. "Does the Quality of Industrial Relations Matter for the Macro Economy? A Cross-Country Analysis Using Strikes Data," GEMF Working Papers 2006-02, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.
  3. Gregory Finley, 2010. "Strike Lengths: Correcting for Prestrike Announcements and the Ratio of Bargaining Size to Firm Size," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 31(4), pages 307-321, December.
  4. John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira, 2007. "Are Good Industrial Relations Good for the Economy?," Working Paper Series 28-07, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, revised Jul 2007.

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