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Employee Involvement And Pay At Us And Canadian Auto Suppliers

  • Susan Helper
  • David I. Levine
  • Elliot Bendoly

We use survey data and field research to investigate the effects of employee involvement practices on outcomes for blue-collar workers in the auto-supply industry. We find these practices raise wages by 3-5%. The causal mechanism linking involvement and wages appears to be most consistent with efficiency-wage theories, and least consistent with compensating differences. We find no evidence that employee involvement affects plants' survival or employment growth. Copyright (c) 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Volume (Year): 11 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 329-377

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