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contract pages and productivity with analysis of unique plant-level data set,
the results highlight a long list of questions that can only be addressed with
an even more detailed set of data on plant operations and the nature and
substance of the work rules that govern those operations.



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FOOTNOTES



1. For a review of these studies, see Freeman, Richard B. and J.L. Medoff,
"Trade Unions and Productivity: Some New Evidence on an Old Issue," NBER
Working Paper No. 121+9, Cambridge, f-lassachusetts, (December I983).

2. Allen, Steven G. , "Union Work Rules and Efficiency in the Building
Trades," Mimeograph, North Carolina State Univeristy, Department of
Economics, (August 1983); Freeman, R.B. and J.L. Medoff, "Substitution
Between Production Labor and Other Factors in Unionized and Nonunionized
Manufacturing," Review of Economics and Statistics , Vol. 6U , no. 2 (May,
1982), pp. 220 - 233.

3. Ichniowski, Casey, "Micro Production Functions Aren't Pretty: Firm-Level
and Industry-Level Specification for Inputs and Outputs," NBER Working Paper
No. 1365, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (June, I98U), pp 6 - 16.

k. Ibid . , pp. 8-11.

5. Ibid . , pp. 11-13.

6. Ibid . , pp. 19-21.

T. The coefficients from the column 2 specification were also used to estimate
the implicit number of contract pages in the nonunion mill by solving for
the roots of the quadratic equation. However, for every o bservation , the

b ± / b2- Uac
value under the square root in the quadratic formula,

is always negative.

8. McKersie, Robert B. and Janice Klein, "Productivity: The Industrial

Relation Connection," M.I.T. Sloan School of ^'lanagement Working Paper No,
1376-82, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Novermber, I982), Appendix pp. T-11.



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