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Employee Share Ownership: Safeguarding Investments in Human Capital

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  • Andrew M. Robinson
  • Hao Zhang
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    Valuable investments in human capital, it has been argued, may be at risk in much the same way as shareholder equity capital. In this paper, we develop and test the hypothesis that employee share ownership (ESO) may be used to encourage and safeguard investments in human capital. Using the Workplace Employee Relations Survey 1998, we examine the empirical link between the likelihood of ESO and the presence of valuable human capital. Adjusted for possible structural influences, empirical evidence suggests considerable support for our hypothesis. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2005.

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

    Volume (Year): 43 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 3 (09)
    Pages: 469-488

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:43:y:2005:i:3:p:469-488

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    Cited by:
    1. John Heywood & Uwe Jirjahn & Georgi Tsertsvardze, 2010. "Hiring older workers and employing older workers: German evidence," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 23(2), pages 595-615, March.
    2. Douglas Kruse & Richard Freeman & Joseph Blasi, 2008. "Do Workers Gain by Sharing? Employee Outcomes under Employee Ownership, Profit Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options," NBER Working Papers 14233, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Artz, Georgeanne M. & Kim, Younjun, 2011. "Business Ownership by Workers: Are Worker Cooperatives a Viable Option?," Staff General Research Papers 34575, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    4. Douglas L. Kruse & Richard B. Freeman & Joseph R. Blasi, 2010. "Do Workers Gain by Sharing? Employee Outcomes under Employee Ownership, Profit Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options," NBER Chapters, in: Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options, pages 257-289 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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