Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/196176
Authors: 
Jirjahn, Uwe
Mohrenweiser, Jens
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 347
Abstract: 
While education and labor force participation of women have been increased, there is still a substantial gender gap in labor market opportunities. This gives rise to the question of what factors lead employers to promote work-family balance and gender equality. We address this question by examining the influence of works councils on the gender policies of establishments in Germany. Using data of the IAB Establishment Panel, we find that the incidence of a works council is associated with an increased likelihood that an establishment provides family-friendly practices and promotes equal opportunities of men and women. This finding also holds in a recursive multivariate probit model that accounts for potential endogeneity of works council incidence.
Subjects: 
Non-union employee representation
works councils
gender equality
work-family balance
equal opportunities
organizational gender policies
JEL: 
J13
J16
J52
J53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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