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How does innovation affect worker well-being?

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  • Alex Bryson
  • Harald Dale-Olsen
  • Erling Barth

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We explore the effects of management innovations on worker well-being using private sector linked employer-employee data for Britain. We find management innovations are associated with lower worker well-being and lower job satisfaction, an effect which becomes more pronounced when we account for the endogeneity of innovation. This is the case for three different count measures of innovation – a global measure of innovation and measures for labour innovations and capital innovations. The effects are ameliorated when workers are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 27781.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:27781

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Keywords: Innovation; well-being; job satisfaction; trade unions;

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