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Rent-seeking measurement in coal mining by means of labour unrest: an application of the distance function

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  • Rodriguez-Alvarez, Ana
  • Del Rosal, Ignacio
  • Baños Pino, Jose

We propose a method based on the distance function to empirically estimate the social cost arising from rent seeking behaviour in declining industries. Due to import competition, the factors of a particular industry undergo losses in real income, and have incentives to seek protection. In the case of declining industries, workers play a central role and the losses in output due to strikes are used to quantify the social cost of rent seeking. In our model, strikes are considered as a “bad” input into the production process. We apply our approach to the case of Spanish coal mining. We have estimated a system of equations formed by the input distance function and cost share equations using annual data over the period 1974-1997. This procedure has allowed us to calculate the cost that strikes have imposed on the sector

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3682.

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Date of creation: 2002
Publication status: Published in Journal of Productivity Analysis 27.1(2007): pp. 73-83
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3682
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