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German works councils old and new: incidence, coverage and determinants

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

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Although works councils are a core element of the German system of industrial relations, there is little reliable information on their incidence and coverage. This paper uses data from the nationally representative IAB establishment panel to fill this gap. We examine the frequency of works councils by establishment size and broad sector for eastern and western Germany, while at the same time charting the determinants of their presence. Furthermore, we identify newly established works councils and provide the first econometric analysis of the circumstances of their formation. Finally, we discuss the consequences of our findings for economic analysis of the institution and for public policy. -- Trotz ihrer großen Bedeutung im deutschen System der Arbeitsbeziehungen gibt es kaum gesicherte Erkenntnisse über den Verbreitungsund Deckungsgrad von Betriebsräten. Diese Forschungslücke soll in der vorliegenden Arbeit durch Verwendung von repräsentativen Daten des IABBetriebspanels geschlossen werden. Dabei wird die Verbreitung von Betriebsräten nach Firmengröße und Sektoren sowie für West- und Ostdeutschland ebenso analysiert wie deren Bestimmungsgründe. Zudem wird erstmals die Einrichtung neuer Betriebsräte ökonometrisch untersucht. Abschließend erörtern wir die ökonomischen und wirtschaftspolitischen Implikationen unserer Ergebnisse.

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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 10.

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Keywords: Works Councils; Works Constitution Act; Germany;

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  1. Kohaut, Susanne & Schnabel, Claus, 2001. "Tarifverträge - nein danke!? Einflussfaktoren der Tarifbindung west- und ostdeutscher Betriebe," Discussion Papers 8, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  2. Fitzroy, Felix R & Kraft, Kornelius, 1987. "Efficiency and Internal Organization: Works Councils in West German Firms," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 54(216), pages 493-504, November.
  3. Bellmann, Lutz & Addison, John T. & Wagner, Joachim & Schnabel, Claus, 2002. "The Long Awaited Reform of the German Works Constitution Act," IZA Discussion Papers 422, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Hübler, Olaf & Jirjahn, Uwe, 2001. "Works Councils and Collective Bargaining in Germany: The Impact on Productivity and Wages," IZA Discussion Papers 322, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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