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An Empirical Analysis of Australian Strike Activity: Estimating the Industrial Relations Effect of the First Three Years of the Prices and Incomes Accord

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  • Beggs, John J
  • Chapman, Bruce J

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Australian strike activity was relatively low in the 1983(II)-1986(I) period. Part of this experience is attributable to changes in the macroeconomic environment and part to improvements in industrial relations. This paper attempts to determine the role o f each by estimating econometric models for the 1959(III)-1983(I) per iod. Working days lost per unionist decreased because of macroeconomi c conditions, but these variables explain less than half of the actua l decline. This suggests that, for the initial three-y ear period of its institution, the Accord helped deliver a favorable industrial-relations environment, a situation that is not necessarily long lasting. Copyright 1987 by The Economic Society of Australia.

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  • Beggs, John J & Chapman, Bruce J, 1987. "An Empirical Analysis of Australian Strike Activity: Estimating the Industrial Relations Effect of the First Three Years of the Prices and Incomes Accord," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 63(180), pages 46-60, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:63:y:1987:i:180:p:46-60
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    1. Miller, Paul & Mulvey, Charles, 1993. "What Do Australians Unions Do?," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 69(206), pages 315-342, September.
    2. James McDonald & Harry Bloch, 1999. "The Spillover Effects of Industrial Action on Firm Profitability," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 15(2), pages 183-200, September.

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