Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125354
Authors: 
Hübler, Olaf
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 137
Abstract: 
The German model of co-determination (Mitbestimmung) with works councils, in which workers are involved in the management of a company, was a role model for other countries for many years. However, since the 1990s the appeal of works councils has been declining, to the extent that now even employees are sometimes voting against representation. This was recently demonstrated by workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who voted against union representation. An important question for firms and for policymakers is whether the adoption of a works council has a positive influence on a firm’s productivity and what the consequences are for a firm's profits.
Subjects: 
works councils
productivity
employment
wages and profit effects
JEL: 
D2
D7
D83
J21
J31
J5
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Article

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