High Profile Strikes Dataset

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The High Profile Strikes Dataset (HPSD) is a coding of press reports catalogued in the “World Publications” section of the Nexis database pertaining to economic and political trade union protest. In the original dataset, the stories were identified by using broade search terms like “labor,” “strikes,” and “industrial disputes” and included protest from non-OECD countries for the period 1980 to 2005.

The new version of the dataset builds on the earlier version while also expanding the number of sources (e.g. moving beyond just Nexis). I am also looking for ways to make the database open-source, i.e. to allow individual researchers to contribute codings of strike events and to suggest corrections to earlier codings.

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

My research interests include development, the political economy of labor and the politics of South Asia.