Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/156253
Authors: 
Jirjahn, Uwe
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Research Papers in Economics 7/16
Abstract: 
A growing number of econometric examinations show that works councils substantially shape the personnel policy of firms in Germany. Firms with works councils make greater use of various HRM practices. This gives rise to the question of whether employers view the shaping of personnel policy positively or negatively. Using data from manufacturing establishments, this study finds that the incidence of a works council increases the probability that the employer has positive attitudes toward the incentive effects of performance pay, profit sharing, promotions, further training, and worker involvement in decision-making. It decreases the probability of a positive attitude toward the incentive effects of a high-wage policy. The pattern of results also holds when accounting for the issue of endogeneity by applying a recursive multivariate probit model. The results suggest that works councils play a redistribution role in wages and a trust-building role in the other HRM practices.
Subjects: 
non-union worker representation
management attitude
further training
performance pay
profit sharing
promotions
employee involvement
high wages
recursive multivariate probit model
JEL: 
J33
J50
M52
M53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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