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The Laws of Unintended Consequence: The Effect of Labour Legislation on Wages and Strikes

Benjamin Dachis () and Robert Hebdon
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Robert Hebdon: McGill University

C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, 2010, issue 304

Abstract: When politicians consider intervening in labour disputes, they should also consider the long-term, potentially unintended results of such action. In this study, the authors investigate the lessons from previous government legislative interventions, whether through compulsory arbitration, “back-to-work” legislation or bans on replacement workers during strikes, and find these actions have unintended results that give reason for sober second thought.

Keywords: Economic Growth and Innovation; Canadian federal and provincial governments; labour relations; compulsory arbitration; back-to-work legislation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J38 J52 J58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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