Unions and Productivity in the Public Sector: A Study of Municipal Libraries
Ehrenberg, Ronald G.; Sherman, Daniel R.; Schwarz, Joshua L.
This paper develops and illustrates the use of two methodologies to analyze the effect of unions on productivity in the public sector. Although the methodologies are applicable to a wide variety of public sector functions, the focus of the paper is on municipal libraries because of the availability of relevant data. The empirical analysis, which uses 1977 cross-section data on 260 libraries, suggests that collective bargaining coverage has not significantly affected productivity in municipal libraries.
public sector; unions; municipal libraries; productivity
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