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Unionization and productivity in office building and school construction

  • Steven G. Allen
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    This study examines the difference in productivity between union and nonunion contractors in the construction industry within two samples, one of 83 commercial office buildings completed in 1973-74 and the other of 68 elementary and secondary schools completed in 1972. An analysis that includes controls for differences in capital-labor ratios, observable labor quality, region, and building characteristics shows that union productivity in the office building projects was at least 30% higher than nonunion productivity, measured in terms of square feet of floor space completed per hour worked; and from zero to 20% higher in school projects, measured in physical units and value added, respectively. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 39 (1986)
    Issue (Month): 2 (January)
    Pages: 187-201

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:39:y:1986:i:2:p:187-201
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