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dc.contributor.authorArando, Saioaen_US
dc.contributor.authorGago, Monicaen_US
dc.contributor.authorJones, Derek C.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKato, Takaoen_US
dc.description.abstractWe provide the first econometric study of efficiency for a member of the Mondragon group of worker cooperatives. Eroski is a retail distribution chain and, most unusually, there are two distinct types of hypermarkets: (i) cooperatives with significant employee ownership and voice; and (ii) GESPAs with modest employee ownership and limited voice. For supermarkets the chain includes conventional firms with no employee ownership as well. Our key data are a panel of monthly observations from February 2006 through May 2008, a total of 9,800 observations for supermarkets and 2,150 for hypermarkets. By estimating first difference models we find that hypermarket stores with cooperative ownership grow sales significantly faster than GESPA stores. For supermarkets overall we find no significant difference in performance among the three types of stores. However, for a particular segment of the supermarket called SUPERMARKET CITY (a subgroup of small supermarkets for which having better customer service employees is particularly important), cooperatives are found to outperform conventional stores. To investigate mechanisms that help explain why cooperatives are better performers we provide additional evidence that takes account of the role of the more extensive opportunities for employee involvement and training, and stronger economic incentives that exist in cooperatives. Finally, while cooperative members are better paid than their peers in comparable firms, individual-level data also show that job satisfaction is actually lower for workers in cooperatives than for GESPA workers. Though this may be a simple reflection of high worker expectation in cooperatives, cooperatives may well be indeed a high-stress work system. The overall assessment of cooperatives will need to be nuanced.en_US
dc.publisher|aInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) |cBonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aDiscussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit |x5711en_US
dc.subject.keywordemployee ownershipen_US
dc.subject.keywordproducer cooperativesen_US
dc.subject.keywordlabor managed firmen_US
dc.subject.keywordproductive efficiencyen_US
dc.subject.keywordshared capitalismen_US
dc.titleEfficiency in employee-owned enterprises: An econometric case study of Mondragonen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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