German works councils and productivity: first evidence from a nonparametric test
AbstractThis article presents the first nonparametric test whether German works councils go hand-in-hand with higher labour productivity or not. It distinguishes between establishments that are covered by collective bargaining or not. Results from a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test for first-order stochastic dominance tend to indicate that pro-productive effects are found in firms with collective bargaining only. However, the significance level of the test statistic is higher than a usually applied critical level. This somewhat weak evidence casts doubts on the validity of results from recent parametric approaches using a regression framework that point to high positive effects of works councils on productivity.
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- Joachim Wagner, 2005. "German Works Councils and Productivity: First Evidence from a Nonparametric Test," Working Paper Series in Economics 14, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
- Wagner, Joachim, 2005. "German Works Councils and Productivity: First Evidence from a Nonparametric Test," IZA Discussion Papers 1757, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
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