Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector: The Effect of Legal Structure on Dispute Costs and Wages
This paper examines the impact of collective-bargaining legislation on dispute costs and wages using a panel of Canadian public-sector contracts. The authors' results suggest that policymakers designing collective-bargaining legislation face a trade-off between reducing dispute costs and increasing wages. Dispute costs are lower under compulsory arbitration than under the right to strike or when no collective-bargaining legislation exists. Hence, a switch to compulsory arbitration could potentially make both the union and the employer better off by reducing dispute costs. However, the authors find that wages are higher under compulsory arbitration than under other legal structures. Copyright 1991 by American Economic Association.
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Volume (Year): 81 (1991)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
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