Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20433
Authors: 
Teixeira, Paulino
Addison, John T.
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1188
Abstract: 
Despite recent changes in the relationship between unionism and various indicators of firm performance, there is one seeming constant in the Anglophone countries: unions at the workplace are associated with reduced employment growth of around -2.5% a year. Using German data, we examine the impact of the works council – that country?s form of workplace representation – on employment change, 1993-2001. Works council plants have 2 to 3 percent lower employment growth having controlled for wages, changes in demand, industry affiliation, various worker and establishment characteristics, and survival bias. That said, works councils do not seem to further slow the tortuous pace of employment adjustment in Germany.
Subjects: 
unions
works councils
employment change
employment dynamics
survival bias
JEL: 
J51
J23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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