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Updating the Determinants of Firm Performance: Estimation using the 1998 UK Workplace Employee Relations Survey


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  • John T. Addison
  • Clive R. Belfield


We examine the determinants of establishment performance in the UK, using cross-sectional data from the 1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey to replicate research by Fernie and Metcalf (1995) who used data from the 1990 Workplace Employee Relations Survey; specifically, we test whether employee representation, contingent pay and efforts to boost employee participation affect a set of economic and industrial relations outcome indicators in the manner they suggest. We also re-estimate the influential WERS90-based study of Machin and Stewart (1996) on the links between union status and financial performance. In both cases we report very different results. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd/London School of Economics 2001.

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Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Volume (Year): 39 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 341-366

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Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:39:y:2001:i:3:p:341-366

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