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Worker Attitudes Towards Employee Ownership, Profit Sharing and Variable Pay

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  • Fidan Ana Kurtulus

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    (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • Douglas Kruse

    (Rutgers University)

  • Joseph Blasi

    (Rutgers University)

Abstract

Using the NBER Shared Capitalism Database comprised of over 40,000 employee surveys from 14 firms, we investigate worker attitudes towards employee ownership, profit sharing, and variable pay. Specifically, our study uses detailed survey questions on preferences over profit sharing, forms of employee ownership like company stock and stock option ownership, as well as preferences over variable pay in general, to explore how preferences for these different types of output-contingent pay vary with worker risk aversion, residual control, and views of co-workers and management. Our key results show that, on average, workers want at least a part of their compensation to be performance-related, with stronger preferences for output-contingent pay schemes among workers who have lower levels of risk aversion, greater residual control over the work process, and greater trust of co-workers and management JEL Categories: J54, J33, M52

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Paper provided by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics in its series UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers with number 2011-15.

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Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Keywords: Employee Ownership; Profit Sharing; Variable Pay; Worker Preferences; Residual Control; Risk Aversion; Perceptions of Co-Workers and Management;

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  1. Rahma Daly & Marc-Arthur Diaye & Jean-Max Koskievic, 2014. "Workers’ Risk Attitude and Financial Participation," Documents de recherche 14-03, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
  2. Brown, Sarah & Gray, Daniel & McHardy, Jolian & Taylor, Karl, 2014. "Employee Trust and Workplace Performance," IZA Discussion Papers 8284, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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