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dc.contributor.authorAllan, Cameronen_US
dc.contributor.authorDungan, Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.authorPeetz, Daviden_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T08:43:28Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T08:43:28Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2011-06-28T06:45:10Z
dc.identifier.issn00221856en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0022185609353985en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/35623
dc.description.abstractThe exercise by an Australian state agency of coercive powers against construction industry workers has been justified by reference to claimed gains in productivity and hence national welfare. Yet the literature suggests that a more cooperative approach to union-management relations would offer better opportunities for productivity improvement. This article examines the data behind the productivity claims and finds that they were erroneous, probably due to incorrect transcription, and that the source data indicated no relative productivity gains against the identified benchmark. Despite being made aware of this, the state agency and its consultant maintained the original claims about the size of productivity and welfare gains from the use of coercive powers. Official cross-industry and time series data also showed no productivity gains arising from the use of coercive powers. However, there is some evidence that there has been a shift of income shares in the industry from labour to capital. The findings have implications for understanding the role of commissioned studies in public debate, and for regulation of the construction industry.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.format.extent435214 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltden_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom61en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto79en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Industrial Relationsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume52en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBusiness and Management not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode150399en_US
dc.title‘Anomalies’, Damned ‘Anomalies’ and Statistics: Construction Industry Productivity in Australiaen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Dept of Employment Relations and Human Resourcesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2010 Industrial Relations Society of Australia. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2010
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