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Estimating the narcotic effect of public sector impasse procedures

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  • Richard J. Butler
  • Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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This paper first describes in a relatively nontechnical fashion several econometric techniques that the authors believe should be useful to industrial relations researchers. Those techniques are then applied to an analysis of whether public sector impasse procedures create a "narcotic effect," that is, a tendency for the bargaining parties, once they use the procedures, to become increasingly reliant on them in future negotiations. The authors reanalyze data from Thomas Kochan and Jean Baderschneider's study of the impasse experience of police and firefighters under New York State's Taylor Law during the 1968-76 period and find that while a narcotic effect did exist, as Kochan and Baderschneider argued, that relationship lasted only during the early years of the period and was actually reversed in later years. The authors conclude by explaining how such a pattern of results could occur, tracing the implications of their findings for public policy, and suggesting other research questions that could be analyzed by the econometric methods they have described. (A comment by Kochan and Baderschneider follows this article.) (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

Volume (Year): 35 (1981)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 3-20

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Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:35:y:1981:i:1:p:3-20

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Cited by:
  1. Ronald G. Ehrenberg & Randy A. Ehrenberg & Christopher L. Smith & Liang Zhang, 2002. "Why Do School District Budget Referenda Fail?," NBER Working Papers 9088, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Charness, Gary & Kuhn, Peter J., 2010. "Lab Labor: What Can Labor Economists Learn from the Lab?," IZA Discussion Papers 4941, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. George R. Neumann, 1995. "Search Models and Duration Data," Labor and Demography 9511001, EconWPA.
  4. Kochan, Thomas A., 1992. "Teaching and building middle range industrial relations theory," Working papers 3380-92., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.
  5. David Dickinson, 2004. "Bargaining Outcomes with Double-Offer Arbitration," Working Papers 04-19, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
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  7. George Neumann, 1996. "Search Models and Duration Data," Econometrics 9602008, EconWPA, revised 07 Mar 1996.

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