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Title:Co-determination and innovation PDF Logo
Authors:Kraft, Kornelius
Stank, Jörg
Dewenter, Ralf
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4487
Abstract:This paper examines the effect of the German co-determination law of 1976 (MitbestG) on the innovative activity of German firms. Co-determination applies to firms with 2000 employees or more. Data from 1971-1976 and 1981-1990 on 148 firms are used to compare the number of patents granted to co-determined firms before and after the introduction of the law. Several control variables are applied and in particular, in order to avoid a possible bias from specific effects of firm size, we compare the co-determined firms with others before and after 1976. The results do not support the view that co-determination slows down technological progress and reduces innovativeness.
Subjects:Co-determination
innovation
patents
JEL:J5
L2
O3
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2009102676
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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