Determinants of labor conflicts in Spain at regional level (2000-2015)


Friday, September 8, 2017, 2:30pm to 3:30pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA
The aim of this paper is to analyze the strike activity in Spain during the period 2000- 2015 as well as its main determinants, including unemployment rate, wages and the variation of economic activity, among others.

In this study, we elaborate a statistical analysis that describes the behavior and the evolution of the main variables for Spain in general, as well as a regional analysis, where important differences according to the economic cycle or the year we are considering are taken into account. Moreover, we study the distribution of labor disputes for each economic sector, measured by the number of non-worked hours during strikes. The econometric section of our study tackles the main indicators such as the quantity, the volume, the scope and the magnitude of strikes by region and economic sector. Among all the independent variables from our database, we take the GDP growth, the percentage of GDP in the industry, the variation of unemployment for Spanish women, the weight of the industrial large companies as well as the conservative ruling party dummy variable. All these variables contribute to explain the reason for the striking conflict in Spain. They also provide us with some results that allow us to extract a series of conclusions of important relevance for this field of study.

Speaker: Alfonso Gómez Rodríguez, Master Candidate at University of Alcalá and Researcher at MIT Sloan School of Management

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