Mining Surplus: Modeling James A. Schmitz's Link Between Competition and Productivity
AbstractJames A. Schmitz (2005) documents, in a well-known case study, a dramatic rise in productivity in the U.S. and Canadian iron-ore industry following an increase in competition from Brazil. Prior to the increased competition, the industry was not competitive. Surplus in profits was divided between business and unions. Schmitz attributes the increase in productivity to a change in work practices in the industry, as old negotiated union work rules were abandoned or modified. This research formalizes a mechanism through which a rise in competition can lead to increased productivity in the iron-ore industry.
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- Jeremy Greenwood & David Weiss, 2013. "Mining Surplus: Modeling James A. Schmitz's Link Between Competition and Productivity," Economie d'Avant Garde Research Reports, Economie d'Avant Garde 22, Economie d'Avant Garde.
- E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
- J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
- O47 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Measurement of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
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- NEP-ALL-2013-10-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-COM-2013-10-25 (Industrial Competition)
- NEP-EFF-2013-10-25 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-MAC-2013-10-25 (Macroeconomics)
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