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The Productivity Effects of Employee Stock-Ownership Plans and Bonuses: Evidence from Japanese Panel Data

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  • Jones, Derek C
  • Kato, Takao

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The authors report the first results for Japanese firms on the effects of employee stock-ownership plans (ESOPs) and bonuses by estimating production functions using new panel data. They find that the introduction of an ESOP will lead to a 4-5 percent increase in productivity; this productivity payoff takes three to four years. There is a modest productivity gain from the bonus system. The authors also find evidence that the productivity effect of bonuses is enhanced by the existence of ESOPs, suggesting that ESOPs may create a climate conducive to profit-sharing by enhancing long-term commitment and peer monitoring. Copyright 1995 by American Economic Association.

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  • Jones, Derek C & Kato, Takao, 1995. "The Productivity Effects of Employee Stock-Ownership Plans and Bonuses: Evidence from Japanese Panel Data," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 85(3), pages 391-414, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:85:y:1995:i:3:p:391-414
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