A study of expressive choice and strikes

Brunnschweiler, Christa N., Jennings, Colin and MacKenzie, Ian (2014) A study of expressive choice and strikes. European Journal of Political Economy, 2014 111-125. doi:10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2014.01.004

Author Brunnschweiler, Christa N.
Jennings, Colin
MacKenzie, Ian
Title A study of expressive choice and strikes
Journal name European Journal of Political Economy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0176-2680
Publication date 2014-01-21
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2014.01.004
Volume 2014
Start page 111
End page 125
Total pages 15
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV * North-Holland
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The conventional explanation for strikes is that they are caused by an asymmetry of information about the profitability of the firm – union members are uninformed whereas management are informed. Instead, this paper builds a model of strikes where a perception of unfairness provides an expressive benefit to vote for a strike. The asymmetry of information is now reversed such that management are uninformed about the emotionality of union members. The model predicts that larger union size increases both wage offers and the incidence of strikes. An empirical test using UK data provides support for the predictions. In particular, union size is positively correlated with the incidence of strikes and other industrial actions, even when asymmetric information regarding profitability is controlled for.
Keyword Strikes
Expressive choice
Survey analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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