The main survey consisted of four different questionnaires, three of which were administered to the on-site managers who had the day-to-day responsibility for workplace industrial relations (see AWIRS ).
The AWIRS is ideal for analyzing determinants of workplace family provisions and for assessing the effects of the provisions on worker outcomes.
Workplace weights (see AWIRS ) adjust sample statistics and parameter estimates for workplace size and industry, thereby allowing valid inferences about Australian workplaces.
Since the collection of the AWIRS data in 1991, the industrial relations landscape in Australia has been transformed.
AWIRS 1995 also contained a small workplace survey that collected information on workplace characteristics for workplaces with between 5-19 employees.
Each of the three specifications includes an insider proxy variable that is drawn from the AWIRS 1995 data.
In fact, there are 14 regions identifiable in AWIRS 1995, one for the metropolitan area of each state, one for the non-metropolitan area of each state, and one for each Territory.
But in the case of AWIRS 1995, the employee sample was not drawn at random from the population of employees.
Using the AWIRS panel data to capture the determinants just outlined, we focus on the differences that emerge from panel and cross-sectional estimates.
This comprising 698 establishments, is the panel portion of AWIRS.
AWIRS excludes establishments in agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and defence industries.
The first step estimates the determinants of piece rate schemes, making separate use of the two waves within the AWIRS panel.