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Die mitbestimmungsfreie Zone aus ökonomischer Sicht

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  • Addison, John T.
  • Schnabel, Claus
  • Wagner, Joachim

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Using data from the Hannover Firm Panel, we evaluate the German Co-determination Commission's position that the steady erosion of institutionalized employee participation is unacceptable. We report that the economic impact of works councils on various indicators of firm performance is not such as to inspire confidence in the efficacy of this indirect form of participation. From an economic perspective, therefore, there is no need for new laws facilitating works council formation or even making them compulsory. Furthermore, the co-determinationfree zone is not to be equated with an absence of participation, since many firms embrace teamworking and other forms of direct employee involvement. This may prove more effective than indirect participation via the works council alone. -- Mit Daten des Hannoveraner Firmenpanels überprüfen wir die Position der Mitbestimmungskommission, die Ausweitung der mitbestimmungsfreien Zone in Deutschland sei nicht hinzunehmen. Es zeigt sich, dass die Auswirkungen von Betriebsräten auf verschiedene betriebliche Indikatoren keine uneingeschränkt positive Einschätzung dieser Form der indirekten Mitbestimmung nahelegen. Aus ökonomischer Sicht gibt es daher keine Notwendigkeit, durch Gesetzesnovellierungen die Errichtung von Betriebsräten zu erleichtern oder gar verpflichtend zu machen. Überdies darf die mitbestimmungsfreie nicht mit einer partizipationsfreien Zone gleichgesetzt werden, da viele Firmen Gruppenarbeit und andere Formen direkter Mitarbeiterbeteiligung eingeführt haben. Dies mag sich als effektiver erweisen als die alleinige indirekte Partizpation durch den Betriebsrat.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 1.

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Keywords: Arbeitnehmermitbestimmung; Betriebsräte; Gruppenarbeit;

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  1. Kohaut, Susanne & Schnabel, Claus, 2003. "Verbreitung, Ausmaß und Determinanten der übertariflichen Entlohnung," Discussion Papers 23, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  2. Schnabel, Claus & Wagner, Joachim, 2001. "Verbreitung und Bestimmungsgründe verschiedener Formen der Arbeitnehmerpartizipation in Industriebetrieben," Discussion Papers 5, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  3. Addison, John T. & Bellmann, Lutz & Schnabel, Claus & Wagner, Joachim, 2002. "The reform of the German works constitution act: a critical assessment," Discussion Papers 16, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  4. Olaf Hübler, 2003. "Fördern oder behindern Betriebsräte die Unternehmensentwicklung?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 4(4), pages 379-397, November.
  5. Haltiwanger, John & Jarmin, Ron & Schank, Thorsten, 2003. "Productivity, investment in ICT and market experimentation: micro evidence from Germany und the US," Discussion Papers 19, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  6. Kornelius Kraft & Marija Ugarkovic, 2006. "Gesetzliche Mitbestimmung und Kapitalrendite," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 226(5), pages 588-604, September.
  7. Lutz Bellmann & Peter Ellguth, 2006. "Verbreitung von Betriebsräten und ihr Einfluss auf die betriebliche Weiterbildung," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 226(5), pages 487-504, September.
  8. Zagelmeyer, Stefan, 2003. "Die Entwicklung kollektiver Verhandlungen in Großbritannien: ein historischer Überblick," Discussion Papers 17, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  9. Niederalt, Michael, 2003. "Betriebliche Ausbildung als kollektives Phänomen," Discussion Papers 20, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  10. Fitzenberger, Bernd & Hübler, Olaf & Kraft, Kornelius, 2008. "Flexibilisierungspotenziale bei heterogenen Arbeitsmärkten : eine Einführung (Potentials for increasing flexibility in heterogeneous labour markets : an introduction)," Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung - Journal for Labour Market Research, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 41(2/3), pages 95-116.
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  12. Alexander Dilger, 2006. "Kooperation zwischen Betriebsrat und Management, Die Sicht beider Seiten und deren Folgen," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 226(5), pages 562-587, September.
  13. Wegener, Torsten, 2000. "Institutionelle Aspekte der Regionalisierung von Wirtschafts- und Strukturpolitik," Discussion Papers 3, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  14. Schank, Thorsten & Schnabel, Claus, 2004. "Betriebliche Determinanten des Überstundeneinsatzes," Discussion Papers 24, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
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