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The Impact of an Entertainment Industry Strike on the Los Angeles Economy
Jun 01, 2001
Ross DeVol, Joel Kotkin, Jonathan M. Orszag, Peter R. Orszag, Robert F. Wescott, Perry Wong

In April 2001, the Writer's Guild of America (WGA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG)and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (AFTRA), were poised to go on strike upon their contract expiration dates: May 1, 2001 for the WGA and July 1, 2001 for SAG and AFTRA.

This report presents an analysis of the economic fallout of a strike on the economy of Los Angeles. It analyzes a variety of scenarios, such as short, long and intermediate strikes by just one or all three of the unions and offers a portrait of the broader impact on families in the region.