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Determinants of Profit Sharing in the Finnish Corporate Sector

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  • Laura Arranz-Aperte

    (Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Arkadiankatu 22, FIN - 001 01 Helsinki, Finland)

  • Almas Heshmati

    (The United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER) Katajanokanlaituri 6B, FIN - 001 60 Helsinki, Finland)

Abstract

This study investigates the role of factors that determine individual employee's and firms participation in profit sharing schemes. Using a large panel data of Finnish employees for the period 1996-2000 we analyse individual and workplace characteristics that make firms employ profit sharing schemes and workers susceptible of receiving profit sharing bonuses. In particular two links between profit sharing schemes and workers performance have been analysed. First, in looking at profit sharing as an incentive device the results show a positive link between firm size and monitoring costs. Second, we find that younger individuals with higher mean salary and capacity to bear risk are more susceptible to profit sharing schemes. The industrial sector in which the individual is employed is also an important determinant factor. We find weak evidence of a relationship between performance of firms and employment of profit sharing schemes at the industrial sector level.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics in its journal Indian Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 39 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 55-79

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Handle: RePEc:dse:indecr:v:39:y:2004:i:1:p:55-79

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Keywords: Individual; Firm; Profit Sharing; Panel Data;

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  1. Fougère, Martin, 2004. "Finnish-French Fundamental Cultural Antagonisms in Organising," Working Papers 502, Hanken School of Economics.
  2. Usamah Fayez Al-Farhan, 2010. "A Detailed Decomposition of Changes in Wage Inequality in Reunified Post-transition Germany 1999-2006: Accounting for Sample Selection," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 269, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  3. Ekholm, Bo-Göran & Wallin, Jan, 2004. "Strategic Priorities, Company Performance and Attitudes Towards Management Accounting Techniques: an Empirical Study," Working Papers 507, Hanken School of Economics.
  4. Fougère, Martin, 2004. "Organizing (with) Thirdness. A Dialogic Understanding of Bicultural Interactions in Organizations," Working Papers 504, Hanken School of Economics.
  5. Forsman, Maria & Solitander, Nikodemus, 2004. "The Context and Diffusion of Knowledge in the Finnish Jewellery Industry - The role of The House of Fabergé," Working Papers 506, Hanken School of Economics.
  6. Ekholm, Bo-Göran & Wallin, Jan, 2003. "Shareholder/Stakeholder Value Management, Company Growth and Financial Performance: An Exploratory Study," Working Papers 493, Hanken School of Economics.

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