Searle Center to Host Research Symposium on Government Unions

September 22, 2011

Leading legal and finance scholars will come together at Northwestern Law to offer expert analyses on the evolution of unions and their costs as related debates now rage throughout the country. 

The two-day "Research Symposium on Government Unions in the United States" will feature research from across a number of disciplines that will help inform the polarized political arguments over public sector compensation related to state budgets in crisis.

Sponsored by the Law School's Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth, the conference will take place from noon to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, October 13, and from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday, October 14, at the Law School in room 147 of Wieboldt Hall, 340 E. Superior St., Chicago.

"Academic analysis of public sector unions has a great deal to contribute," said Max Schanzenbach, a professor of law at Northwestern, director of the Searle Center and symposium organizer. "But, despite the important policy implications of public sector unionization," he said, "the academic community has lagged behind the popular debate in analyzing and understanding the effects of public sector unions."

Based at Northwestern University School of Law, the Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth was founded in 2006 with a generous grant from the late Daniel C. Searle. The Searle Center has a dual mission of research and education. It is dedicated to studying the impact of laws and regulations on economic growth and to communicate the results of that research to academic, public policy and judicial leaders.