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Title:Workplace democracy in the lab PDF Logo
Authors:Mellizo, Philip
Carpenter, Jeffrey P.
Matthews, Peter Hans
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5460
Abstract:While intuition suggests that empowering workers to have some say in the control of the firm is likely to have beneficial incentive effects, empirical evidence of such an effect is hard to come by because of numerous confounding factors in the naturally occurring data. We report evidence from a real-effort experiment confirming that worker performance is sensitive to the process used to select the compensation contract. Groups of workers that voted to determine their compensation scheme provided significantly more effort than groups that had no say in how they would be compensated. This effect is robust to controls for the compensation scheme implemented and worker characteristics (i.e., ability and gender).
Subjects:real-effort experiment
workplace democracy
decision control rights
JEL:C92
J33
J54
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201104113333
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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