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The Accord and strikes: an International perspective

  • L.J. Perry


    (University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Patrick J. Wilson

    (University of Technology, Sydney)

This exploratory 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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Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 4 (2000-2001)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 232-247

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Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:4:y:2001:i:4:p:232-247
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