Unions and Productivity Growth: a Meta-Analytic Review Chris Doucouliagos, Patrice Laroche

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To cite this document: Chris Doucouliagos, Patrice Laroche, "Unions and productivity growth: A meta-analytic review", in (ed.) 7 (Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory & Labor-Managed Firms, Volume 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 57 82 Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0885-3339(03)07005-4 Downloaded on: 08-01-2013 References: This document contains references to 77 other documents To copy this document: permissions@emeraldinsight.com This document has been downloaded 54 times since 2009. *

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UNIONS AND PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH: A META-ANALYTIC REVIEW
Chris Doucouliagos and Patrice Laroche
ABSTRACT
The impact of unions on productivity growth has received extensive attention from researchers in industrial relations and economics. Despite a voluminous literature, controversy continues regarding the effect of unions on productivity growth. In this paper, meta-analysis and metaregression analysis is used to quantify the association between unions and productivity growth and to accomplish a quantitative assessment of the empirical literature. The results indicate that the overall association between unions and productivity growth is negative, especially for the U.S. The search for moderator variables revealed that most of the variation in the published results is artificial and can be attributed to specification differences.

1. INTRODUCTION
Productivity and productivity growth are important engines for economic development and economic growth. Accordingly, productivity and productivity growth have received extensive attention from researchers, as well as from the policy, business and union communities. Particular attention has been devoted The Determinants of the Incidence and the Effects of Participatory Organizations, Volume 7, pages...
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