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Employee Participation and Equal Opportunities Practices: Productivity Effect and Potential Complementarities

  • Virginie Pe�rotin
  • Andrew Robinson
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    The relationships between employee participation, equal opportunities practices and productivity are explored. Data from the British Workplace Employee Relations Survey of 1998 provide strong evidence that equal opportunities practices improve productivity overall, and increasingly so as the share of female and ethnic minority employees increases. However, short-term effects may be negative in segregated workplaces. Non-financial participation schemes are negatively associated with productivity, but in most cases the joint presence of these participatory schemes and equal opportunities practices significantly increases productivity. Interactions between participatory and equal opportunities schemes are also affected by work-force composition and by the level of equal opportunities policies implemented. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd/London School of Economics 2000.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 557-583

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:38:y:2000:i:4:p:557-583
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