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Employee Financial Participation and Productivity: An Empirical Reappraisal

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  • Andrew M. Robinson
  • Nicholas Wilson
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    Avner Ben-Ner and Derek Jones cast doubt on the notion of a simple causal link between financial participation (FP) and productivity, and consequently on the validity of much of the empirical literature that has sought to quantify this relationship. This paper is an attempt to investigate this proposition. Our empirical reappraisal revealed that the route through which employee share ownership and profit-sharing schemes achieve these gains is quite separate and more involved than either the theory or prior empirical research suggests. This is particularly evident by extending the complementarities thesis beyond purely participatory bundles to embrace firm-specific and organizational variables. Our analysis also addressed recent calls to aid the interpretation of the observed effects of FP by creating a link between the use and operation of FP and its impact on productivity. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2006.

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

    Volume (Year): 44 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 (03)
    Pages: 31-50

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:44:y:2006:i:1:p:31-50

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    1. Heywood, John S. & Jirjahn, Uwe, 2009. "Profit sharing and firm size: The role of team production," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 71(2), pages 246-258, August.
    2. Long, Richard J. & Fang, Tony, 2013. "Profit Sharing and Workplace Productivity: Does Teamwork Play a Role?," IZA Discussion Papers 7869, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Leila Baghdadi & Rihab Bellakhal & Marc-Arthur Diaye, 2012. "Do French firms use financial participation to transfer more risk to their workers?," Documents de recherche, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne 12-10, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
    4. Mirella Damiani & Andrea Ricci, 2011. "Decentralised bargaining and performance related pay: new evidence from a panel of Italian firms," Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia, Finanza e Statistica, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia, Finanza e Statistica 97/2011, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia, Finanza e Statistica.
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    6. Artz, Georgeanne M. & Kim, Younjun, 2011. "Business Ownership by Workers: Are Worker Cooperatives a Viable Option?," Staff General Research Papers, Iowa State University, Department of Economics 34575, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.

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