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Behavior of Participatory Firms in Yugoslavia: Lessons for Transforming Economies

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  • Prasnikar, Janez, et al
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    This paper develops a multiparty model of enterprise behavior, with the management, workers, and government authorities being the decisionmakers. The model captures the behavior of Yugoslav enterprises in the 1970s and 1980s, enterprises in transitional economies, and public-sector bargaining in Western countries. Estimating the model on Yugoslav firm-level data from the 1970s and 1980s indicates that the perverse behavior predicted by the Ward-Domar-Vanek model of labor-managed firms is not supported by the data as firms place emphasis on both wages and employment. A direct test shows that the employment response to output price changes is insignificant. Coauthors are Jan Svejnar, Dubravko Mihaljek, and Vesna Prasnikar. Copyright 1994 by MIT Press.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 76 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 728-41

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    1. Swati Basu & Saul Estrin & Jan Svejnar, 2000. "Employment and Wages in Enterprises Under Communism and in Transition: Evidence from Central Europe and Russia," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 114, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    2. Polterovich, Victor, 2000. "Employment - wage decisions in the insider-owned firm," BOFIT Discussion Papers 1/2000, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
    3. Bennett, John & Estrin, Saul & Maw, James, 2007. "The choice of privatization method in a transition economy when insiders control a firm," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 806-819, September.
    4. Jed Friedman, 2004. "Firm Ownership and Internal Labor Practices in a Transition Economy: An Exploration of Worker Skill Acquisition in Vietnam," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 2004-696, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    5. Swati Basu, & Saul Estrin & Jan Svejnar, 2004. "Wage Determination Under Communism and In Transition: Evidence from Central Europe," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 2004-717, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    6. Dietrich Earnhart & Lubomir Lizal, 2010. "Effect of Corporate Economic Performance on Firm-Level Environmental Performance in a Transition Economy," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 46(3), pages 303-329, July.
    7. Basu, Swati & Estrin, Saul & Svejnar, Jan, 2004. "Employment Determination in Enterprises under Communism and in Transition: Evidence from Central Europe," IZA Discussion Papers 1370, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    8. Prasnikar, Janez & Svejnar, Jan, 2003. "Investment, Wages and Ownership During the Transition to a Market Economy: Evidence from Slovenian Firms," CEPR Discussion Papers 4144, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    9. Jan Babecky & Kamil Galuscak & Lubomir Lizal, 2012. "Firm-Level Labour Demand: Adjustment in Good Times and During the Crisis," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp468, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.
    10. De Loecker, Jan & Konings, Jozef, 2006. "Job reallocation and productivity growth in a post-socialist economy: Evidence from Slovenian manufacturing," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 388-408, June.
    11. Polona Domadenik & Lubomir Lizal & Marko Pahor, 2003. "Effect of Enterpise Break-Ups on Performance: Case of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp216, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.
    12. Ferrier, Gary D. & Klinedinst, Mark & Linvill, Carl B., 1998. "Static and Dynamic Productivity among Yugoslav Enterprises: Components and Correlates," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 805-821, December.
    13. Burdín, Gabriel & Dean, Andrés, 2012. "Revisiting the objectives of worker-managed firms: An empirical assessment," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 158-171.

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