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Fördern oder behindern Betriebsräte die Unternehmensentwicklung?

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  • Olaf Hübler

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Whether works councils support or hinder the development of firms is an open question. The results from empirical studies are mixed. Establishments with works councils have a higher degree of flexibility and higher productivity, but also higher wages and a lower degree of profitability. The impact on innovation and investment, as well as on employment, is ambiguous. Works councils support on-the-job training and most internal reorganisation measures. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2003

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik.

Volume (Year): 4 (2003)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 379-397

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Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:4:y:2003:i:4:p:379-397

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  1. Höpner, Martin, 2004. "Unternehmensmitbestimmung unter Beschuss: Die Mitbestimmungsdebatte im Licht der sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung," MPIfG Discussion Paper 04/8, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.

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