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The Effect of Works Councils on Employment Change

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  • John T. Addison

    (University of South Carolina (U.S.A.), GEMF/Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal))

  • Paulino Teixeira

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    (GEMF and Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra)

Abstract

Despite recent changes in the relationship between unionism and various indicators of firm performance, there is one seeming constant in the Anglophone countries: unions at the workplace are associated with reduced employment growth of around -2.5% a year. Using German data, we examine the impact of the works council – that country’s form of workplace representation – on employment change, 1993-2001. The German institution appears to have much the same negative effect on employment growth. That said, survival bias seems to play a small role, and works councils do not seem to further slow the tortuous pace of employment adjustment in Germany.

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Paper provided by GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra in its series GEMF Working Papers with number 2005-06.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Publication status: Published in Industrial Relations, 45(1): 1- 24, 2006.
Handle: RePEc:gmf:wpaper:2005-06

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Cited by:
  1. Tobias Brändle, 2013. "Flexible Collective Bargaining Agreements: Still a Moderating Effect on Works Council Behaviour?," IAW Discussion Papers, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW) 96, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW).
  2. Hirsch, Boris & Schank, Thorsten & Schnabel, Claus, 2009. "Works Councils and Separations: Voice, Monopoly, and Insurance Effects," IZA Discussion Papers 4126, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Ben Kriechel & Samuel Muehlemann & Harald Pfeifer & Miriam Schuette, 2011. "Works councils, collective bargaining and apprenticeship training," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0057, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  4. Annette Berg & Yolanda Grift & Arjen Witteloostuijn, 2011. "Works Councils and Organizational Performance," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 32(2), pages 136-156, June.
  5. Addison, John T. & Teixeira, Paulino & Zwick, Thomas, 2006. "Works councils and the anatomy of wages," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 06-86, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  6. John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira & Thomas Zwick, 2006. "The Impact of Works Councils on Wages," GEMF Working Papers, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra 2006-08, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.

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