Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Tre strejker i det offentlige – en komparativ lønmodtager-investeringsanalyse

2009, Volume 2009, issue 1, pp. 358-372

Jørgen Stamhus (), Steen Scheuer () and Ellen Susanne Christensen ()
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Jørgen Stamhus: CARMA, Aalborg Universitet,, Postal: Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K, , 9220 Aalborg Ø, , Danmark
Steen Scheuer: Institut for Ledelse og Virksomhedsstrategi, Syddansk Universitet, Postal: Studiestræde 6, 1455 København
Ellen Susanne Christensen: Institut for Matematiske Fag, Aalborg Universitet, Postal: Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K, , 9220 Aalborg Ø, , Danmark

Abstract: From April to June 2008, three groups of public sector employees – nurses, social care assistants and kindergarten teachers – went on strike in order to try to improve their relative wage gains, the strikes lasting between four and eight weeks. Did this pay off? On the basis of an investment calculus, we show that only a well-prepared and relatively short strike with substantial gains may succeed in a positive payoff (as was the case for the social care assistants). Small gains or a more protracted strike (the latter due to the lack of will to compromise) lead to negative payoffs of a significant magnitude. In fact, we can show that the latter two groups will need 10 (nurses) or 15 (kindergarten teachers) years respectively to recoup the costs to their strike funds.

Keywords: lønmodtager-investeringsanalyse; strejke

JEL-codes: A10

Language: Danish

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