Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73422
Authors: 
Mueller, Steffen
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 74
Abstract: 
Declining union density in many industrialized countries directs attention to alter- native ways of labor relations and worker representation as, e.g., works councils. German works councils belong to the most powerful worker representations in de- veloped countries but little is known of their causal effect on productivity. A large linked employer-employee panel is used to examine this issue. Comparing firms with and without a works council I find that firms with a works council are on average 6.5 percent more productive. I present evidence that this estimate is the lower bound to the causal productivity effect of works councils.
Subjects: 
worker participation
works council
productivity
JEL: 
D24
J53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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