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Trade and Strike Activity in the Postwar United States

Abouharb, MR; Fordham, BO; (2020) Trade and Strike Activity in the Postwar United States. Social Sciences , 9 (11) , Article 198. 10.3390/socsci9110198. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper examines the effect of international trade on strike activity within the United States since World War II. Globalization may influence strike activity through its effects on the bargaining position of labor. Alternatively, if labor and management take their changed bargaining positions into account, the rate of change in openness could create greater uncertainty in negotiations between them and lead to more strikes as a result. Empirical analysis of strike activity in the 50 states over this period supports the argument concerning uncertainty in the bargaining process. Import competition may also indirectly reduce strike activity by decreasing union density.

Type: Article
Title: Trade and Strike Activity in the Postwar United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/socsci9110198
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9110198
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: trade; strikes; work stoppages; United States; union density
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115124
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