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Union wages, strikes and profits

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  • Stephen Blumenfeld
  • Andres G. Victorio

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A model is used to propose the countervailing effects of a strike upon wages. Wages may rise if unions succeed in obtaining concessions. They may fall if firms succeed in neutralizing the potential damage to their profits. Some US evidence suggests that wages fall whenever strikes increase in intensity, somewhat corroborating the view that unions have continued to become weaker over time.

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  • Stephen Blumenfeld & Andres G. Victorio, 2012. "Union wages, strikes and profits," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(6), pages 517-520, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:19:y:2012:i:6:p:517-520
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2011.587760
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