Municipal Employment, Municipal Unions, and Demand for Municipal Services

  title={Municipal Employment, Municipal Unions, and Demand for Municipal Services},
  author={Jeffrey S. Zax},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • J. Zax
  • Published 1 October 1985
  • Economics, Business
  • NBER Working Paper Series
Municipal unions may often use their own votes and those of sympathetic fellow citizens to promote increases in demand for municipal services. If successful, this strategy can increase member employment levels without sacrificing compensation. Municipal employee unionization significantly increases levels of annual manhours and employment per capita, and reduces annual hours of workper employee. The net effect of average unionization levels is to increase employees per capita by at least 4.7… 
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