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The Effect of Unions on Productivity in the Public Sector: The Case of Libraries

Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Joshua L. Schwarz

NBER Working Paper No. 717 (Also Reprint No. r0370)
Issued in July 1981
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This paper presents an analytical framework that can be used to analyze the effects of unions on productivity in the public sector. Our initial focus is on public libraries because considerable effort has been devoted to conceptualizing library productivity measures and because of the availability of data to implement the framework. Preliminary estimates are presented based upon data from 71 municipal libraries in Massachusetts. We conclude by indicating the direction that our future research on the subject will take.

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  • Ehrenberg, Ronald G. and Schwarz, Joshua L. "The Effect of Unions on Productivity in the Public Sector: The Case of Libraries." The Economics of Municipal Labor Markets, edited by Werner Hirsch & Anthony Rufolo. Los Angeles: Industrial Relations Section, (1982).
  • Ehrenberg, Ronald, Daniel R. Sherman and Joshua L. Schwarz. "Unions and Productivity in the Public Sector: A Study of Municipal Libraries." Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 36, No. 2 (January 1983), pp. 199-2 13.

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