Enterprise Bargaining and Productivity in Australia: What Do We Know?

14 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2003

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Joanne Loundes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Yi-Ping Tseng

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

There appears to be widespread consensus, at least in industry and government, that enterprise bargaining has been beneficial for productivity. Many academics, however, have argued that the link between bargaining structure and workplace productivity is a contentious one, and that research has been unable to establish a relationship. The present paper re-examines the existing evidence. The review reinforces the need to exercise caution before asserting that enterprise bargaining is necessarily beneficial for workplace productivity. The main conclusion that emanates from this review, however, is not the absence of a clear-cut finding, but how poorly developed the relevant research literature is.

Suggested Citation

Loundes, Joanne and Tseng, Yi-Ping and Wooden, Mark, Enterprise Bargaining and Productivity in Australia: What Do We Know?. Economic Record, Vol. 79, pp. 245-258, June 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=417701

Joanne Loundes (Contact Author)

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Yi-Ping Tseng

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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