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The Accord and Strikes: An International Perspective

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This paper examines the relationship between Australian and world strike activity between 1960 and 1998. Appropriate indices are constructed for which evidence of a long-run equilibrium relation is found between Australian and world strike activity. The evidence suggests Australian and world strike rate indices are cointegrated with a breakpoint in that relation occurring sometime in the very late 1960s or early 1970s. No breakpoints are in evidence before, during or after the period (1983-96) of the Accord. This result is consistent with the view that the decline in strike activity in Australia during the period of the Accord was not a singularly Australian experience.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia in its series Economics Working Papers with number wp01-03.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:uow:depec1:wp01-03

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Keywords: The Accord; strikes; strike activity; Australia;

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  1. Patrick J. Wilson & L.J. Perry, 2004. "Forecasting Australian Unemployment Rates using Spectral Analysis," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 7(4), pages 459-480, December.
  2. Perry, L. J. & Wilson, Patrick J, 2004. "Trends in work stoppages : a global perspective," ILO Working Papers 374234, International Labour Organization.
  3. Ann Hodgkinson, 2004. "Strike Activity Under Enterprise Bargaining: Economics or Politics?," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 7(4), pages 439-457, December.
  4. L.J. Perry & Patrick J. Wilson, 2005. "The Decline of Seasonality in Australian Quarterly Aggregate Strike Statistics: 1983-2003," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 8(1), pages 43-71, March.

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