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Union Organizing Activity, Firm Growth, and the Business Cycle

  • Bronars, Stephen G
  • Deere, Donald R

This paper analyzes the relationship between changes in unionization and firm growth. Average growth is significantly low er in manufacturing firms that experience successful union elections bu t these strong "effects" are largely illusory. The authors find no evidence of a significant relationship between unionization and firm growth, despite a strong cyclical pattern in election activity. Thei r results suggest that the significant negative effect of organizing activity on a firm's market value is not accompanied by any growth changes. The authors, therefore, cannot reject the hypothesis that t he equity losses from union election activity represent a simple transf er of wealth from shareholders to workers. Copyright 1993 by American Economic Association.

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Volume (Year): 83 (1993)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 203-20

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:83:y:1993:i:1:p:203-20
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