Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73460
Authors: 
Hirsch, Boris
Schank, Thorsten
Schnabel, Claus
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 75
Abstract: 
Using a large linked employer-employee data set for Germany, we find that the existence of a works council is associated with a lower separation rate to employment, in particular for men and workers with low tenure. While works council monopoly effects show up in all specifications, clear voice effects are only visible for low tenured workers. Works councils also reduce separations to non-employment, and this impact is more pronounced for men. Insurance effects only show up for workers with tenure of more than one year. Our results indicate that works councils primarily represent the interests of a specific clientele.
Subjects: 
works council
separations
collective voice
duration models
Germany
JEL: 
J53
J63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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