September 1980
Journal of Labor Research;Fall80, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p319
Academic Journal
This article comments on an article about the free rider argument for compulsory union dues. The Tiebout argument suggests that if an entity have many governmental jurisdictions offering different tax prices and levels of public goods that there will then be a tendency for people who prefer a given mix or level of public goods and tax prices to go to the jurisdiction that offers that mix. Others who have different preferences or incomes can get more nearly what they want by moving to some other jurisdiction. Obviously, the jurisdictions must have some incentive to welcome some entrants or the theory is not applicable. In the vase of the union the last thing a rational member wants is to bring in additional workers. The union member will not want more co-workers any more than the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries would like competitive oil wells. The public miss the entire point of unionism if they focus upon non-rival public goods and the Tiebout theory. There is accordingly a basic technical error in an important part of the paper, and there is just no way that the author of the article can rescue that part of his argument. The public really need, if they are going to make progress in this area, to set the ideology and the normative analysis aside for a while, and first try to get the logic of the analysis right.


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